St Columba's Parish Church:
Designed by Jack Coia of the Gillespie, KIdd and Coia architectural practice, this large brick and reinforced concrete church sited in north-west of the city is one of the finest 20th century buildings to be found in Glasgow. Construction began in 1937 and the church opened some four years later during WW2 in 1941. The building's structure is a series of steep pointed arched reinforced concrete portal frames ranging down the main body of the church. Terracotta tiles interlock covering the large roof surface, and a deep russet red clay brick of a longer and wider dimension than the standard bricks found today are used for the walls. The west front, Italian Romanesque in style is huge and dominates the street frontage with ashlar details and an ornate carved frontage around the doors. The west front soars both upward punctuated by a slender cross shaped window and imposes itself with its muscular squat width and large proportions. The north end of the west front curves and houses the baptism font, and the south end of the symmetrical west front houses a staircase that leads up to the gallery. At the opposite end of the church is the altar housed in the east end which externally can be seen to be a large projecting apse with a large steep terracotta tiled roof.
To the south and connected to the main church is the presbytery, built at the same time and with ashlar details on its exterior as stone courses delineating the two floors as well as around the front door. Within the presbytery is well proportioned and the original layout and timber features are still intact. The church is today occupied by Glasgow's Dominican community. Originally St Columba's was a catholic church paid for by families of the then densely populated parish, which boasted a huge congregation. Priced at six pence each, bricks could be purchased on behalf of the church to help fund the construction. Within the church, behind the altar a crucifix by sculptor and artist Benno Schotz adorns the large green marble panel at the church's east end. The building is category A listed

This page is exterior photographs of St Columba's, interior photographs can be seen here.

street address: 74 Hopehill Road, Glasgow, G20 7HH
Latitude / Longitude: 55.876571,-4.266785 (sourced using Google Maps)

gates to the west front entrance


looking up the west front


carving at the top of the cross shaped window high over the doorway


west front doorway


carved ashlar over the doorway


st columba depicted over the doorway


west front and view down the south elevation


south end of the west front, the curved brick structure encloses the staircase to the gallery


south elevation


windows at ground floor level on the south elevation


view, looking up the south elevation


south elevation entrance to the church, and behind can be seen the connecting passage to the presbytery


presbytery north-west corner


stepped brick chimney on the north elevation of the presbytery


front elevation (west) of the presbytery


entrance to the presbytery with carved ashlar surround


east end


top of the east end


north east corner, looking up the north elevation onto Callander Street


doorway at the east end of the north elevation


north entrance


north elevation


roof at the junction to the rear of the west front, with leaded traingular vents to the space within


windows along the clerestory of the north elevation


curved and squared north end of the west front, the baptism font is sited within at ground floor level


curved north end of the west front




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north-west corner of the church, to the left can be seen one of the tower blocks north of Cowcaddens, and to the right of the photograph are three spires, two are churches along Great Western Road, and the middle spire is the tower of Glasgow University