GLASGOW CITY CHAMBERS

Whether you work in a stuffy office or in  cramped conditions in a noisy factory, please spare a thought for our poor  politicians who have to work  in Victorian buildings filled with junk. (see photos)

The City Chambers initially housed Glasgow Town Council from 1888 to 1895, when it was replaced by Glasgow Corporation. It remained the Corporation’s headquarters until it was replaced by Glasgow District Council under the wider Strathclyde Regional Council in 1975. The City Chambers has been the headquarters of Glasgow City Council since 1996, when it replaced the District Council with the abolition of the Strathclyde Region.

The council had also sat  in  the old Tolbooth at Glasgow Cross until it was sold in 1814, but not the steeple which still remains. After that it moved to Jail Square in the Saltmarket, near Glasgow Green, then Wilson Street and Ingram Street.In the early 1880s, City Architect John Carrick was asked to identify a suitable site for a purpose-built City Council Chambers. He identified the east side of George Square, which was then bought.

The City Chambers boasts a marble staircase, the longest of its kind in Europe. A  ceiling decorated in gold leaf and a stained glass dome.  Now, who would want to work in a place like that?

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