Save the Glasgow Egyptian Hall!

Dear Readers, the hands of time are cruel enough without bulldozers leveling works of great beauty.

At this moment the very beautiful and very fallen Egyptian Hall of Glasgow faces a very uncertain future.

This gorgeous building designed by famed Glasgow architect Alexander\”Greek\” Thomson may be condemned as shortly as this summer, if so the building will be demolished. There is interest in restoration, please sign this Facebook petition to make that a reality.

Egyptian Hall

84-100 Union St. Glasgow, UK

Egyptian Halls completed in  1873 is a four storey warehouse that apparently sits empty or partially vacant. For more information concerning the building’s condition follow this Buildings at Risk link. In its present condition Thomson’s jewel is prey to time, vandalism and vulgar greed.

Alexander “Greek”Thomson

b. 9th April 1817

d. 22nd March 1875

Thomson was quite a prolific architect, working outside of the Gothic Revival tradition. His work was  diverse, from warehouse to church, unfortunately many have been lost or severely compromised.

The very marvelous Caledonia Road Church now sits as a ruin, a forlorn testament to Thomson’s inventiveness.I particularly admire the unconventional placement of the tower.

Quite a marvel,

now a shambles.

Don’t let this happen (or worse) happen to Egyptian Hall!

For more information concerning Thomson’s work please follow this informative link, you would also do well to check out the Alexander \”Greek\” Thomson Society.

My readers are probably familiar with Thomson’s incredible Millbrae Crescent. It appears to have been built posthumously.

Millbrae Crescent

started 1876

completed 1877

I must state I have never been to Glasgow, I have never seen Thomson’s bit of Egyptomania, I hope I will have the chance.

My experiences with the fanciful Egyptian revival have been within the States.

In Pittsburgh’s gorgeous Allegheny Cemetery the Winter mausoleum was a favorite landmark on my weekly jog through this fantastic necropolis.


I am not able to forget the wonderful Egyptian Theatre right here in Hollywood, often lost to the dazzle of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

It hasn’t been terribly long since these fine buildings were constructed, how can Egyptian Hall be in such peril? 

It would be tragic to lose the little that has survived of Thomson’s work.

So again, please sign the petition.

Thank you ,

Babylon Baroque


9 Responses to “Save the Glasgow Egyptian Hall!”

  1. This is all terribly tragic and unnecessary. I believe someone said that it was to be pulled down to make way for a Travel Inn, like we need more of those. Once this building is gone then it is gone forever and what excuse will we use for future generations who will rightly condemn us for our crass commercialism.

    By the way, from personal experience, Glasgow is well worth a visit. Bustly, cultured, lively and fun.

  2. carla fox Says:

    So sad. Thank you for bringing attention to this. I’ve been to Glasgow and have seen the Caledonia Street Church, elegantly hulking over a down-at-the-heels neighborhood (at least back when I was there). You must put Glasgow on your travel itinerary, it holds many, many gorgeous treasures of architecture and art.

  3. babylonbaroque Says:

    Dear John and Carla,
    Yes glasgow is on my list,quite eager , hopefully the Egyptian will still be standing.
    @ John, thank you for initially alerting me to its plight.

  4. Wow, I’ve been to Glasgow as well but somehow I missed that Church: it’s the most “enlightened” Church I’ve ever seen! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention, and for the rest of your blog—it’s great.

    • babylonbaroque Says:

      Yes, it is enlightened, its a beauty,its neglect a tragedy.
      I’m happy you enjoy my blog,
      Take care,

  5. It would be a tragedy to lose such a fabulous building…

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  7. Stuart Cameron Says:

    This is Glasgow and Scotland’s heritage and the decision to save the building should be taken by the Scottish Parliament. Or a compulsory purchase order made on behalf of the nation, are you taking note Mr Salmon?
    Thomson’s legacy is important, he’s arguably the most important figure in the Scottish architectural cannon.

    • babylonbaroque Says:

      I appreciate your comments , as I live in LA I am a bit removed from the details. I do fret when I see culturally significant landmarks compromised. Here in Los Angeles so much of early LA, late 19th, early 20th cent gems have been bulldozed for “progress”, or more accurately crass gain.
      I would hate for Glasgow to suffer the same fate.
      Thank you,

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