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May 17 2012

Glasgow’s post war listed buildings celebrated
A free online publication documenting Glasgow’s post war listed buildings has been published by Historic Scotland and Glasgow City Council in a bid to raise public appreciation of a maligned period in history.

Today there are 38 post-war buildings scattered across the city which have been deemed to be of national, regional or local importance and here they have all been gathered together for the first time.

The first of these was listed in 1989 when growing academic interest in post-war buildings brought a number of the most outstanding examples to the attention of Historic Scotland, with notable examples from the likes of Gillespie Kidd and Coia and Thomas Cordiner, who were prolific in church building during this period, earning particular acclaim.

Bailie Liz Cameron said: “Glasgow has such a wonderful heritage; we are all familiar with the city’s beautiful Victorian Buildings and the value of this book is that it will now raise our awareness and appreciation of the quality of our more modern built heritage.”

Historic Scotland Head of Listing Elizabeth McCrone said: “Some of the buildings featured in this book were commissioned before the war but were delayed when fighting broke out. Others demonstrate the reaction against austerity following the end of war and rationing, with detailing and flourishes that simply wouldn’t have designed in the years previous.  Many of these buildings sit as a cornerstone to their communities, they reflect the particular time and purpose behind their creation.”
Charles Oakley campus, 1959, Wylie Shanks & Underwood
Charles Oakley campus, 1959, Wylie Shanks & Underwood
Montrose House, 1939, Stewart Sim
Montrose House, 1939, Stewart Sim

Notre Dame High School, 1939, Thomas S. Cordiner
Notre Dame High School, 1939, Thomas S. Cordiner

4 Comments

SAndals
#1 Posted by SAndals on 18 May 2012 at 16:09 PM
Nice publication - final listing in '79...OK, so criteria dictates a building should be 30yo, but what about nominations from the 80's.....
BG
#2 Posted by BG on 19 May 2012 at 15:16 PM
Depends on your definition of post-war; from wikipedia: "in some British usage, "post-war" refers to the period from the election of Clement Attlee in 1945 to that of Margaret Thatcher in 1979"
SAndals
#3 Posted by SAndals on 21 May 2012 at 12:23 PM
Granted - mine was a separate, open question, really...what are our nominations for Listed Buildings from the 80s?
TBradley
#4 Posted by TBradley on 21 May 2012 at 14:41 PM
Very informative and well researched publication however from a design/usability point of view it leaves a lot to be desired. The choice of typeface and justified setting makes the dense text even more difficult to read. The strong colour backgrounds also further reduce legibility.

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