Friday, May 23, 2014

Art School

It is a sad day for lovers of architecture and design, but most especially for the people of Glasgow, and specifically for the students of the Glasgow School of Art as fire caused significant damage to the Category A listed building in the city centre this afternoon. It's believed the fire started in the basement and spread to the upper floors where flames were shown leaping from the windows and the roof. Thankfully there was no loss of life, but much of the interior of the building has been destroyed. Also destroyed were the works of students who were preparing for their end of year degree show.

these are my only two postcards of this art nouveau building built between 1897 and 1906, but I have several books and prints of CRM's work. My cousin (now retired) was Head of Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography for many years at the school. 
It's a devastating loss.
more information on the school and the designer along with photos here.


UPDATE On Saturday afternoon, Professor Tom Inns, director of the school of art, said he was in a much happier frame of mind than he had been the previous evening: "This morning we are much more optimistic that the building can be saved. The fire and rescue services have told us that 90% of the building remains viable and that a lot of the students' work and contents have been saved."
~ from The Guardian to read the rest of the article


  1. It is a real tragedy. I was watching reports on the news earlier.

  2. Oh, no. That is heartbreaking. I'm so sorry. One hardly has words for something like this. I hadn't heard about this until now. Thank you for posting, Friend. ((hugs))

  3. My boarding school roommate is from Glasgow and she was talking about this on FB. What a shame.


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