Monday, May 21, 2012

Post-War Glasgow Buildings

The style and variety of Glasgow’s architecture in the decades after the Second World War is celebrated in a new book. The free book, Glasgow’s Post-war Listed Buildings, is a partnership between the city council and Historic Scotland and Glasgow.  There are 38 post-war listed buildings in Glasgow considered of national, regional or local importance.

The first lists of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in Glasgow were compiled in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1980s all of its building stock was comprehensively resurveyed and at this time many of the prominent Victorian and Edwardian buildings were added to the lists, along with a handful of outstanding interwar buildings - many of which were begun before the Second World War and not completed until afterward.
Unsurprisingly, it was not possible to recognise the best post-war buildings a mere decade or so after they were first erected, therefore an understanding of them has been built up gradually. In the mid-1990s, with the benefit of growing research into this area of study, post-war buildings have been suggested to Historic Scotland as individual listing proposals, or have been listed following reviews of the work of well-known architects, such as the practice of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, or Sir Basil Spence and more recently as part of the reviews of significant estates such as the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.
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