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The old Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow

I’ve been studying the revival of the Gothic tradition as part of my Open University Degree Course, Discovering the arts and humanities (A111). We looked at how A.W.N Pugin (1812-1852) played a major part in reviving the Gothic design tradition to become an important part of architecture in nineteen century Britain, challenging the dominant use of classical styles. The course has sparked me into observing the amazing local architecture that we have in and around Strathbungo on the south side of Glasgow. 

The area was home to the famous Glasgow architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and a number of his houses and tenements adorn the local streets with their distinctive Greek markings. There are a large number of churches in the village and many of these are either in the Gothic or Classical Roman or Greek style. 


However, this photo is of the remaining facade of the old Victoria Infirmary on Langside Road, Glasgow. Built in 1882 by Campbell Douglas and Sellars the competition-winning design is in Renaissance style of architecture with its emphasis on symmetry, proportion, geometry and the regularity of parts. Its semicircular arches, hemispherical domes and orderly columns building on the traditions of Classical architecture, as found in ancient Rome. The hospital closed in 2015 and is currently being converted into residential flats. 


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