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Stevenson Building

The Stevie

Stevenson Building

On this day in 1961, the Stevenson Building, commonly referred to as ‘The Stevie’, was opened by the Principal of the University at the time, Sir Hector Hetherington. Surprisingly one of the (slightly) prettier 1960’s buildings, the building contains the gym and other sports facilities, including a swimming pool. I’ve yet to step into the building, besides the brief visit during last year’s Freshers’ Week. Maybe one day.

More “On This Day” entries can be found on Glasgow University Story website at maintained by the Archive Services. Information also from University Story site.

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November 2009 Recap and Poll Results []

The winner of The Ugliest Building at Glasgow University is… the Boyd Orr Building!! Hurray!

The 1960s were not a good time for Glasgow University, architecturally speaking. The November poll asked for visitors’ opinions on the ugliest building on campus and out of the top ten ugliest buildings on campus, six (6!!!) were built in the 1960s. Running down the list below, we have the Adam Smith Building (1967), Queen Margaret Union (1969), Rankine Building (1969), University Library (1968), Stevenson Building (1961) and the Fraser Building (originally built in 1966, refurbished for 2009).  The odd ones out are the winner, the Boyd Orr Building, opened in 1972, the Round Reading Room, which predates the move of the University to Gilmorehill, the Joseph Black Building, built between 1936 and 1954 and extended in the 1960s and 1982, and finally the enigmatic Maths Building, for which I couldn’t find a year that it opened, although I know it was pretty much the same time as the Boyd Orr Building.

In other words, six of the ugliest buildings at Glasgow University, two are from the very early 1970s, and one more was extended in the 1960s. Not a very good decade I guess.

Top ten ugliest buildings below, full results of the poll here.

Below are thumbnails to all the 30 posts from the past month.

November 1st: E is for... Education [ABC Sundae]November 2nd: Welcome To The Fraser BuildingNovember 3rd: Student ServicesNovember 4th: Service DeskNovember 5th: Food For ThoughtNovember 6th: Student DiningNovember 7th: Collages and MirrorsNovember 8th: Someone Loves BooksNovember 9th: Morning Over GlasgowNovember 10th: Wellington Church at NightNovember 11th: Remembrance DayNovember 12th: QMU By-ElectionNovember 13th: Sir Gilbert Scott BuildingNovember 14th: Bust of MacLellanNovember 15th: F is for... Food [ABC Sundae]November 16th: What's This Doing In Glasgow Cathedral?November 17th: Sir Alexander Stone BuildingNovember 18th: Debating at Glasgow UniversityNovember 19th: Autumn Is Almost OverNovember 20th: A Lecturer's View, Adam Smith T415November 21st: Adam Smith Lecture Theatre T415November 22nd: The View from Adam Smith T415November 23rd: View North from Adam Smith T415November 24th: Books Cast Away?November 25th: Lion On The RoofNovember 26th: PinkNovember 27th: Diagram of an ObjectNovember 28th: Flint ArrowheadsNovember 29th: G is for... Graffiti [ABC Sundae]November 30th: Bagpipes

As a final note, my apologies for the non-daily posting. I’m attempting to get the blog up to date by posting everything retroactively.

The last poll for 2009 asks how you would grade the past year.

Lock It or Lose It

Lock It or Lose It

A friendly reminder by the bike racks outside the Stevenson Building at Glasgow University. Although the city does have a subway (which they call Clockwork Orange, as the trains are orange and run in a circle) and a pretty extensive bus service, many students still bike around between their flats and campus. That being said, most students seem to either live a short walk away from the University, or so far that they catch public transportation to get to lectures.

Just behind those windows lies the University gym and the swimming pool. You can find out more about the gym on the Glasgow University Sport website at Gym membership is a mere £40 per year for students!!

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