Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Glasgow Core: Photo 96
If the Beresford Hotel was stylistically from a different universe than the neighboring Ashfield House, the previous century had already seen much more fundamental architectural changes in Glasgow. This, the Iron Building, is from 1856. Williamson calls is "one of the most remarkable cast-iron warehouses of its date anywhere in Britain." Near the southeast corner of the central station, it was the home of A. Gardener and Son, maker of upholstery and cabinets. As such, it survived until 1985, since when the ground floor has been a pub called The Crystal Palace. That's become the colloquial name of the entire building. On inspection you'll see that the building is more subtle than it first appears. The windows are grouped in fours on one side but fives around the corner. The curves at the top of each window vary from four-centered at the bottom to semicircular on the top floor. Also, the height of each floor diminishes, accentuating the perceived height of the building. The architect was John Baird, a name we haven't encountered but the man who a year earlier had designed the first stage of the Glasgow Tobacco Warehouse which we saw down at the river. Talk about professional development! A lot of credit must go to Robert McConnell, an ironfounder who served as structural engineer.
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