Basic Site Details

Name: St Aloysius RC Church
Town, district or village: Garnethill
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The building is one of the first examples of reinforced concrete roof construction in a British church.

The new Jesuit Church of St Aloysius has just been opened in Glasgow. The church is in the Italian Renaissance style of the 16th century and has an extreme length of 160 feet, a breadth of 99 feet and a height varying between 60 feet and 75 feet. The nave, 44 feet across, is spanned by a vault of reinforced concrete and lit by a number of cupolas. A tower of a campanile type rises to a height of 150 feet. As has been the case at Westminster Cathedral, the interior of St Aloysius is left bare and unadorned, and it will be the work of further years to sheathe the church in marble and enrich it with the decorations. [Building News 25 February 1910 p. 271]

The Roman Catholic Church of St Aloysius has been fitted with a reinforced concrete roof by the Expanded Metal Company. The church is cruciform in shape and is faced with red freestone. The reinforced concrete roof rises from the main walls over the nave, transepts and apse, the roof is in semi-circular arches and the roof of the nave has a clear span of 44 feet 6 inches and a length of 65 feet. This roof is supported on arched ribs which are reinforced to take the whole of the thrust. [Building News 25 March 1910 p. 424]

A similar report appeared in Building News 9 September 1910 but this also noted that the ribs carried a slab 4.5 inches thick forming the roof covering, this slab being reinforced with expanded steel. Two four-light cupolas in this roof also acted as ventilators

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Rose StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219081910 Church opened February 1910
Item 2 of 230 March 1910  Tower finished


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Jean Menart (or Ménart)Architect 19081910 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1911   894
Item 2 of 2Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1921   682

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder6 November 1909XCVII  
Item 2 of 4Building News25 February 1910  p 271 - church "just opened"
Item 3 of 4Building News25 February 1910  p424 - description of roof construction
Item 4 of 4Building News9 September 1910  p381 - Further details of roof construction

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33115 
Item 2 of 2Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 2/2287, 3 September 1908