20 CATHEDRAL SQUARE, GLASGOW EVANGELICAL CHURCH; (FORMER BARONY NORTH CHURCH) AND BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS, AND CHURCH HOUSE, 14 CATHEDRAL SQUARE (Ref:32652)
This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 15/12/1970.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NS 6020 6040.
John Honeyman, architect, 1878. Italianate Baroque church with tower to NW and apsidal narthex to N gable. Rectangular church with galleried interior and extensive basements. 6-bay regular W front with advanced taller outside bays (that to N rising to tower). Polished cream sandstone, all stonecleaned. Rough rusticated to basement, channelled to ground. W ELEVATION: entrance to SW round-arched, keystoned with vermiculated rusticated surrounds. Recessed double-leaf panelled doors. Basement windows depressed arch with keystone. Square-headed to ground with bold voussoirs. Main windows (to gallery) tall round-arched with pilastered reveals and moulded archivolts, margin-pane glazing. Outer bays channelled to 1st, pedimented niches with statues. To inner bays pilasters divide bays with engaged Corinthian columns which support impost block. Richly moulded eaves band with dentil course, deep mutuled cornice. Balustraded parapet with statues. Piended slate roofs. To SW angle taller end bay balancing tower, solid tall parapet with advanced angles rising to urn finials. Tower rises for 2 stages above eaves, pilastered 1st stage with niches, cornice over. Top stage pilastered tempietto with urns at base angles. Octagonal dome with diminutive lantern rising to cross finial. N ELEVATION: full-height apsidal 3-light narthex with pilastered windows. E ELEVATION: squared rubble with 5 arched lights. INTERIOR: richly finished interior, U-plan galleries to 3 sides supported on slender cast-iron columns, gallery front panelled, stencilled and partly gilded. To S, elaborate carved raised pulpit on raised dais with magnificent organ with partly stencilled pipes behind. To S gable large 3-light stained glass window. All original pews and church furniture. Elaborate ceiling with plaster beams cornicing, and roses. To N apsidal narthex separated from body of church by acid etched glazed =screen. Elaborate Corinthian screen to ground, curved forestair. Ground floor windows architraved with perron stair gives access to galleries. BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: to Cathedral Square elevation low coped polished ashlar wall supports good decorative cast-iron railings. Further to N solid ashlar wall with pedimented gateway gives access to main entrance at apsidal narthex. 14 CATHEDRAL SQUARE, CHURCH HOUSE: 2-storey house on raised basement, polished ashlar upper floors, rusticated to ground. Wedge-shaped plan, regular 3-bay front to Cathedral Square with entrance to S flank via curved cornices, 1st floor with small square attic windows. All sash and case with 4-pane glazing. Moulded band courses over basement and at 1st cills, eaves cornice, piended slate roofs. Rubble rear elevation.
Part of Cathedral Square A group. Ecclesiastical building in
use as such. Original decoration scheme for interior Peter
Darroch and Co, described in JDA, Vol vii, supplement
Gomme and Walker 1987, pp.155-157, 309. A M Doak (ed), 1977,
p.97. Information by courtesy of the Buildings of Scotland
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