18 Park Terrace:
The end of one of a pair of terraces that arch around Park Gate. Designed by architect Charles Wilson, with a building date of 1855, this ashlar building has elevated views west over Kelvingrove Park. The building was ravaged by fire in mid-2006. This fire spread to the neighbouring buildings leading to number 18 losing its roof and the entire internal structure of walls and floors were subsequently demolished due to their perilous state, to be replaced by steel temporary supports. The chimney on the south elevation and projecting stone stone dormer frontage were also lost after the fire. Whilst the neighbouring buildings were completely restored, number 18 five years later still remains a burnt out shell. The structure has been secured by a series of steel sections bolted to the building and further steels and scaffold inside the structure keeps the building standing. There is a large amount of vegetative growth on the open basement floor. The building is A listed.

street address: 18 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY
Latitude / Longitude: 55.870159,-4.281154 (sourced using Google Maps)
Site visit date: 5 September 2011




south-west corner, with the frontage (west elevation) of 18 Park Terrace in shadow, and the south elevation to the right. The building on the extreme left of the photograph still has a triple dormer window feature which also existed on number 18 prior to the fire (05/09/2011).


main doorway on the west elevation (05/09/2011)


view up the west elevation over the main doorway (05/09/2011)


the projecting bay window rises three storeys from the basement to the first floor level. The structure is now a void, with no internal structure, views through the bay window show this (05/09/2011).


old enamel signage on the south-west corner of the building (05/09/2011)


south elevation with its five bays, and the projecting wider bay window rising from the basement to the ground floor sited centrally in bays 3-5. Before the fire a large chimney was sited over the windows on the left of the elevation (the first course of which can still be seen) this along with a projecting element over the main door on the west front were removed after the fire, it is assumed this was for safety reasons, meanwhile the chimney at the rear (east elevation) survives (05/09/2011).


view down the south elevation and the lower height of the basement storey can be clearly seen (05/09/2011)


south bay window with five individual tall windows. As with all parts of the building here the heavy structural steel supports secured to the building after the fire are anchored to the walls with timber planks providing a protective between the ashlar and the steel (05/09/2011).


view east along the first floor window bays of the south elevation (05/09/2011)


individual window bay on the first floor with its decorative surround and lion head details (05/09/2011)


photgraphic close up on the lion head carvings. The lion's head is a popular motif in stone carving on buildings conferring the perceived strength of the lion to add majesty and gravitas to the building (05/09/2011)


top windows across the south elevation (05/09/2011)


detail of the bolts through the large galvanized steel sections used to secure the building post-fire (05/09/2011)


original iron railings that line the street and border the building along Park Gate and Park Terrace (05/09/2011)


south-east view of the building, with the random rubble east elevation where the stone is not dressed to the same degree as on the 'public' faces. Also visible is the single storey mews building at the rear of the building (05/09/2011)


structural steel support across the rear (east) elevation (05/09/2011)


top of the south-east corner and the last surviving free-standng chimney (05/09/2011)


close up of the chimney at the top of the east elevation and the carved groove detail forming a square 'U' shape under the chimney top (05/09/2011)


rear elevation and view east up Park Gate along the south elevation (05/09/2011)


the mews building at the rear of the site (05/09/2011)


the mews building and view up Park Circus Lane visible on the right of the photograph (05/09/2011)




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view north across Park Gate, 18 Park Terrace is on the left (Kelvingrove Park on its left), then to the right Park Gate connects to the oval of Park Circus (05/09/2011)