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17 PARSON STREET, MARTYR'S SCHOOL WITH RETAINING WALLS AND GATES (Ref:32619)

This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 15/12/1970.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 6009 6583.

Description

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (of Honeyman and Keppie),

1895-1898. Compact plan, 3-storey and basement school

in red Ballochmyle freestone, squared and snecked with

ashlar dressings. Some bracketted cill and lintel courses

often in stylised form linking closely grouped windows,

and to single windows; eaves elevation cornice in a

variety of forms.

N ELEVATION: 7-bay, symmetrical block, with flanking bays

set back and gabled. Centre bay with blocked basement

doorway and bipartite above; outer 3 bays each side with

windows to each bay, quasi-balcony across 1st floor

groups, 2nd floor groups linked at cill and cornice levels,

latter raised at centre in keystoned shaped pediments.

2-bay simple return elevations. Entrances in recessed

gables, mirrored pair, each door set in advanced panel

with keystone and ogee carving to lintel above and

distinctive flanking ornament; double doors with tear drop

panels; bracketted string course above with quasi-balcony

and 2 narrow windows lighting stairwell, and small

window at 3rd floor with bracketted cill.

S ELEVATION: 9-bay with grouped windows, advanced

square stack, with bracketted overhanging coping,

towards E. Doorway in centre bay of centre group with

bracketted porch and square fanlight above. Plain

fenestration with some linking cill or lintel details.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: similarly detailed with stairwell

defined by 2 narrow windows and mullioned and transomed

broad round arched windows above, under deeply swept

eaves; narrow stair windows to right and left

respectively. Subtle variety of windows to rest of

elevation.

Small-pane upper sashes and 2-pane lowers to sash and

case windows; square lead-pane glazing in stairwell

windows. Grey slates; coped stacks. 2 ogee ventilators

with decorative knot and finial, leaded bases (formerly

with balustrade).

INTERIOR: almost symmetrical with galleried light-well at

centre and stairs to E and W. Currently under repair

(1988). Walls tiled to wainscot level with green tiles at

top. Archways to corridors. Small-pane upper panels to

doors. Glasgow Style screens (currently removed 1988, to

be returned). Mannered details to roof trusses, and

Glasgow Style stair newels.

RETAINING WALLS AND GATES: ashlar walls enclosing entrance

courtyards, with balustrade to E and partial balustrade to

W. 2 sets of decorative wrought-iron gates.

Notes

Commissioned by School Board of Glasgow the outline of the design follows their requirements, and complies with a restricted site. However, distinctive Mackintosh features are apparent, particularly in the stairwells, ogee ventilators and interior details. The balustrade echoes that in his earlier Queen Margaret College design, Hillhead, 1894. It is an early work by Mackintosh and contrasts with his Scotland Street School composition of 1904. Burnet, Boston and Carruthers 185 St James Road school 1906, gives further instance of the School Board Schools' compact massing. Statutory address changed from 11 Barony Street to 17 Parson Street in 2009 following information from Glasgow City Council.

References

Gomme and Walker, 1987, p.220, fig.204. Information by courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

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