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Report - Joseph Black Building, Glasgow University, Aug. 2008


Mr Boombastic
Regular User
The University of Glasgow's Chemistry Department building was two-thirds completed between 1936 and 1939, but war halted construction, and the third wing was finally finished in 1954. It is now an A-listed building, and has mostly been completely refurbished inside. The Chemistry Department's website has lots more info on the building.

Although this is a building in use, quite a few areas are out of bounds to students and most staff - I had permission and a guide for some areas.

The building from the outside:


The roof is covered with dozens of fume hood chimneys:


A few corridors still have original Mackintosh-style lockers:


In places, you can tell the third wing was built in the '50s:


The basement boiler room - pressurised steam radiators used to be used, which were a bit troublesome:


This is the last of the original lecture theatres - now closed, and just about to be refurbished:


The lecture theatre ceiling is incredible:


And it has some beautiful old wooden steps and benches:


The two main stairwells are the stars of the building - here from above:


And here from the first floor:


The clean modernist design still shows through the later clutter:


And there are yet more dramatic staircases:


The janitors have wonderful little wooden boxes at the base of each stairwell, with little windows at the back as well. This one is unused, the other one is like a Tardis, with loads of computer and CCTV screens.


There are some more pictures in my Flickr set...


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