Basic Site Details

Name: Unitarian Church
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost 3000 to build. Caryatid figures in interior by J & G Mossman (they survive in the foyer of the Abbey Building in St Vincent Street).

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2St Vincent StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Union Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21853 Competition designs submitted 
Item 2 of 21855 Journal reference 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8John Thomas RocheadArchitect 18531855Won competition and secured job
Item 2 of 8John Burnet (senior)ArchitectB1853 Competition designs - not successful
Item 3 of 8Gildard & MacfarlaneArchitectural practiceD1853 Competition designs - not successful
Item 4 of 8Robert Hutchison Murdoch MacfarlaneArchitectD1853 Competition designs - not successful
Item 5 of 8Thomas GildardArchitectD1853 Competition designs - not successful
Item 6 of 8Alexander ThomsonArchitectE1853 Competition designs - not successful
Item 7 of 8Baird & ThomsonArchitectural practiceE1853 Competition designs - not successful
Item 8 of 8John Baird the SecondArchitectE1853 Competition designs - not successful


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 3Wright, Ruth2009Thomson and the Glasgow unitarian Church: a forgotten competition 39Alexander Thomson Society Newsletter 
Item 3 of 3Wright, Ruth Paxton2007Three Contrasting Victorian Churches Open University MA Dissertation 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building ChronicleNovember 1855   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow City ArchivesMinutes of the Trustees of Glasgow Unitarian Church Information courtesy of Ruth Paxton Wright, sent August 2009