Lit At Dusk
Continuing with the same view as yesterday, we stay with one of Glasgow’s most recognizable landmarks, the Glasgow University Tower, the spire of which was added to the tower in 1883, 13 years after the building has opened.
The University of Glasgow stands on Gilmorehill, one of the tallest spots within Glasgow. In 1864 the University bought the Gilmorehill estate for £65,000 from the Gilmorehill Company (or Gilmour Hill Company) and began development of a new campus away from the incresing squalor of High Street in the city’s East End.
The location of the Main Building is one of the best in the city, but it almost wasn’t so. In 1802 a mansion, Gilmorehill House, was built on Gilmorehill for a West Indies merchant. In 1845 is was sold and a cemetery was planned on the site. Alternatively, another plan proposed terraced housing on the side of the hill. Fortunately the lot was sold to the University of Glasgow before Glasgow got another Necropolis like the one by the Glasgow Cathedral, as opposed to the Gilbert Scott Building and its Tower as you see above.
[Poll: What is your connection to Glasgow University?] Click on the photo above for a larger version. © 2009 GlasgowUniPhoto.com