Park District, Glasgow

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Park District
Glasgow, north side of Park Circus - geograph.org.uk - 1539336.jpg
North side of Park Circus
Park District is located in Glasgow council area
Park District
Park District
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Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG3
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55°52′07″N 4°16′49″W / 55.8687°N 4.2804°W / 55.8687; -4.2804Coordinates: 55°52′07″N 4°16′49″W / 55.8687°N 4.2804°W / 55.8687; -4.2804

The Park District of the West End of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, is an area located around Park Circus, which sits atop a hill beside Kelvingrove Park.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Park District area is bordered by the City Centre, Kelvingrove, Kelvingrove Park and Woodlands. Park Circus was built between 1855 and 1863.[2] Many of the area's large townhouses converted to offices during the latter half of the 20th century are being returned to residential use. It was declared a Conservation Area in 1970.[3]

Prior to 2013, the City of Glasgow civil marriage rooms were located at 22 Park Circus, in the former Italian consulate. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) had their headquarters on Park Gardens in the area, but moved to Hampden Park when the stadium was redeveloped to house them.[4] A mosaic depicting the badge of the SFA still exists at the entrance to their former headquarters. The Scottish Labour Party formerly[citation needed] had their headquarters in the area; the towers which once formed the University of Glasgow's Trinity College are located on Lynedoch Place and dominate the local skyline, but classes have not been held there since the early 1970s and the building was converted to apartments in the 1980s,[5][6] in contrast to the neighbouring Park Church, of which only the distinctive white tower remains with the church itself replaced by offices in the late 1960s when that function was in demand in the area.[7] As for other organisations, the offices of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Scottish Council for Development and Industry, The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and The Goethe Institute are located here.[citation needed]

Park Circus[edit]

South side of Park Circus.
Park district skyline

Park Circus forms a centrepiece of the Park District. It has two gently curving crescents of large 19th-century townhouses, including 22 Park Circus,[8] and an oval garden in the centre.

Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts Monument at Kelvingrove Park
Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts Monument at Kelvingrove Park

Maclay Hall[edit]

Maclay Hall Fire, June 2006.

The University of Glasgow had a hall of residence on Park Terrace, known as Maclay Hall.[9] It was donated to the University by Lord and Lady Maclay in 1921 in memory of their two sons who fell during the First World War. The hall was sold for private development in 2004. The development suffered a setback on 13 June 2006, when fire swept through House 18 and the surrounding terrace.[9]

Situation[edit]

University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are approximately 8 minutes of walking away from Park District. Nearby public transport includes Kelvinbridge subway station and Charing Cross (Glasgow) railway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park District – History and Illustrated Guide.
  2. ^ "Park Circus". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ Glendinning, Miles (2013). The Conservation Movement: A History of Architectural Preservation. Routledge. p. 318. ISBN 9780415499996.
  4. ^ "The final whistle for Park Gardens". Glasgow Herald. 8 January 2001. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  5. ^ Trinity College, Gazetteer for Scotland
  6. ^ Elderslie Street, 1955 (Burrell Collection Photo Library, 1955 Survey), The Glasgow Story
  7. ^ Glasgow, Lynedoch Place, Park Church Tower, Canmore
  8. ^ "22 Park Place, Glasgow". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b McLaughlin, Martyn (14 June 2006). "Blaze engulfs former halls of residence". Glasgow Herald. Archived from the original on 22 November 2018 – via Highbeam.

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