Portrait Room,Glasgow City Chambers,town hall,George Square,Strathclyde,Scotland,UK, G2 1DU
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:50.8 MB (2.2 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:5000 x 3551 px | 42.3 x 30.1 cm | 16.7 x 11.8 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:18 November 2019
Location:82 George Square, Glasgow,Strathclyde,Scotland,UK, G2 1DU
The need for a new city chambers had been apparent since the 18th century, with the old Tolbooth at Glasgow Cross becoming insufficient for the purposes of civic government in a growing town with greater political responsibilities. In 1814, the Tolbooth was sold – with the exception of the steeple, which still remains – and the council chambers moved to Jail Square in the Saltmarket, near Glasgow Green. Subsequent moves were made to Wilson Street and Ingram Street. In the early 1880s, City Architect John Carrick was asked to identify a suitable site for a purpose built City Council Chambers. Carrick identified the east side of George Square, which was then bought. Following a design competition, the building was designed by the Scottish architect William Young in the Victorian style and construction started in 1882. The building was inaugurated by Queen Victoria in August 1888 and the first council meeting held within the chambers took place in October 1889. An extension connected by pairs of archways across John Street was completed in 1912 and Exchange House in George Street was completed in the mid-1980s