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Save the Glasgow Egyptian Hall!

Posted in 19th Century, Alexander "Greek" Thomson, Egyptian Revival, Egyptomania, Pittsburgh on April 26, 2011 by babylonbaroque

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