City Chambers

Photo:

William Young

1888

Category A Listed

There was some resentment that London-based Young won the competition for Glasgow’s new town hall. For decades afterwards there were intermittent demands to replace this magnificent composition by something plainer. The entrance front centres upon three tiers of paired columns, topped by a richly sculpted pediment with flanking cupolas. The central tower rises a further eight storeys, its upper levels surrounded by a collection of little domed and pedimented towerlets. The halls are rich with marble and the meeting rooms replete with carved timberwork, embossed wallpapers, murals and stained glass. This is undoubtedly one of the finest Victorian masterpieces anywhere in the UK.