Researcher unearths architectural past

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An architectural heritage researcher has discovered some interesting facts about a part of the southside while working on a project as an intern for a Glasgow heritage organisation.

Ross Wylie, a graduate from the University of Glasgow, is putting together an exhibition and talk about tenement buildings in East Pollokshields, as the culmination of his internship with the Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT).

Ross told The Extra: “I discovered some really interesting facts that perhaps even residents of East Pollokshields may not be aware of.

“For example, whilst renowned architect and designer Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson is known for some now famous buildings in the city and especially the West End, he also designed the impressive Lorne Terrace with its magnificent bay corner windows on the corner of Nithsdale Road and Kenmure Street.

“It is one of the best conserved examples of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson tenements.

“Nearby, at 126 Nithsdale Road, a former fishmongers contains an excellent example of James Duncan & Sons tiled frieze showing sailing ships and mermaids.

“The Pollokshields Library was designed by Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour. It has an owl motif worked into the detail of the building as a symbol of learning and libraries.”

The conservation specialist organisation offers funding for similar projects to individuals or organisations.

Applicants must show that their conxervation project fits in with set criteria that can be found on GCHT website, glasgowheritage.co.uk.