ST CHARLES OF BORROMEO CHURCH

WHERE IS IT? Northwest of the city centre, tucked away in Kelvinside Gardens, near Maryhill Road

One of Glasgow’s most unusual churches, St Charles of Borromeo was built in 1960 from a design by Jack Coia of the revered firm Gillespie, Kidd & Coia. The plan was revised by one of the firm’s apprentice’s, Andy MacMillan, who was known for his collaborations and friendship with Isi Metzstein, who brought him to the firm.



The church has a visible concrete skeletal frame, the seven portals filled with rustic red brickwork. The angular fan vaulted roof is separated from the brickwork by a window winding all the way around the top, offering ample light into the main hall. The windows are extended down at the front to better illuminate the altar and pulpit, made from Mexican onyx. The terracotta figures that decorate the brickwork were designed by Scottish Zionist sculptor Benno Schotz shortly before his retirement. He used the likeness of various members of his family, as well as himself and Coia, as models for the extensive compositions.



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