Lilybank House at Night
This has to be one of my favourite photos of the University, out of the hundreds which I’ve taken. The small floodlights outside the building, the lights from the Adam Smith Building (off camera to the left), and the persistently red and yellow trees at the left in the shot come together to create a fantastic view at night.
The building above is the Lilybank House, built in the 1830s as a private residence for a Glasgow merchant. A few decades later it fell in to the hands of a local publisher who began the extensions and renovations of the building which made it what it is today. Of the architects and designers who’s touch has influenced the building, the two notable ones are Alexander “Greek” Thompson (which might explain the Greek-style pillars at the main entrance) and (allegedly) Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
From the end of the 19th Century until the mid-1960s the building was used as a residence for female students. Currently it houses the Department of Economic and Social Studies.
Unfortunately, the location of the Lilybank House keeps this night view hidden from most students, especially considering that the only students who wander past here at night are returning home from a night of partying at the Queen Margaret Union, just down hill behind the building. Were it not for the cars parked outside and the “occasional” dull weather, the Lilybank House would be quite nice to look at during the day too.
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