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University Avenue (Day & Night)

University Avenue [Day & Night]

Some 40 years ago, in the 1960s, University Avenue looked different. Can you guess how?

That’s what I asked a week and a half ago. Well, here’s your answer. Before the 1960’s, when the University extended it campus on Gilmorehill, University Avenue used to be pretty much a straight road from the top of Kelvin Way to Byres Road. Looking straight from the spot where the above photos were taken, the road ran straight, instead of taking a right turn between the Wolfson Medical School Building and the Boyd Orr Building (which weren’t there back then). What is now University Place used to be the Western End of University Avenue, instead of the view I showed on August 23rd.

As proof of this I offer an old aerial photo which I ran across at If you click here (new window), you can see the way University Avenue looked in 1966, before it went through a realignment. The photo comes from the University Archive Services. Click here for a larger version. In the satellite map below you can kinda see how University Place and University Avenue meet in a straight line.

I’m thinking of making this kind of a post a reoccurring theme, to post a composite picture of a building or scene at day and night, what do you think? I’m putting this one on the Themes page under the heading Day & Night. Oh, and don’t forget to answer the poll below about Freshers’ Week.

As Freshers’ Week ’09 is just around the corner, help me out by having your say in the poll below!

[Poll #4: Which Student Union(s) do you belong to (or use to belong to)?]
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© 2009



One response

  1. Jen

    Now I would never have known that!

    That’s really interesting. I must admit always thinking the bottom bit of University Avenue and Byres Road seemed weird, with a few houses on their own and car parking, it didn’t seem neat and planned, and now I know why!

    September 2, 2009 at 9:14 am

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