St Vincent Street Church

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Alexander Thomson

1859

Category A Listed

Thomson is widely known by the nickname “Greek” but here the historical inspiration for the tower in particular ranges far and wide. There are elements of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and even Indian in the composition. From certain angles the tower could be from a Hindu temple. The design ingeniously uses its hilltop setting to create an undercroft with meeting rooms and offices as well as a large lower hall, cleverly lit by skylights front and back. The church itself is a box on a box. The interior is a revelation, brightly lit and welcoming with vivid interior decor.