Basic Site Details

Name: Christian Institute
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: The Christian Institute, Glasgow, was opened last week. Situate in Bothwell street, the building, which is in the Classic style, is ornamented in the front with figures of Knox and Tyndal over the doorway, and sculptured heads of Wycliffe, Luther, Zwingle, Melanothon, Calvin, Wishart, and Cranmer over the windows of the first floor. The large hall is 85 feet long by 43 feet wide, and the accommodation, including the platform and gallery, is calculated at close on 1,000. The whole of the windows in the north of the hall are filled with stained glass. In addition to this large hall, there are classrooms, library, and reading-rooms, while in the sunk flat is a gymnasium, kitchen, etc. There is a tower over the Bothwell-street front rising to the height of 126 feet The building was designed by Mr. John Macleod, I A.[Building News 17 October 1879 page 475]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Bible Training Institute  
Item 2 of 2YMCA Buildings and Bible Training Institute  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Christian Institute, Bothwell StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51878 Design exhibitedDesign for original building
Item 2 of 51879 OpenedOriginal building
Item 3 of 518951898 Club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 4 of 51895 Competition heldAdditions
Item 5 of 5Before 1926 Alteration/conversionAlterations to existing building?


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 8Edward Alexander Buckingham Hay A1880 Original building - as assistant to John McLeod
Item 2 of 8John McLeod A1880 Original building
Item 3 of 8Andrew Francis Stewart Bryden B1895(?)1898As assistant - YMCA club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 4 of 8Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden B18951898YMCA club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 5 of 8Robert Alexander Bryden B18951898YMCA club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 6 of 8Robert Whitelaw Caldwell B1895(?)1898As apprentice/assistant - YMCA club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 7 of 8Hugh Campbell  After 1905Before 1911Restoration
Item 8 of 8Sidney Phillips Dale  Before 1926 Alterations to existing building?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1896 part 1 p89
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1878   652
Item 3 of 3Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1896   284

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architect6 November 1880   
Item 2 of 3Building News17 October 1879  p475 - opening
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Advertiser and Property Circular16 August 1898   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Andrew Francis Stewart Bryden: L v16 no1152; Robert Whitelaw Caldwell: L v23 no1873; Hugh Campbell: L v16 no1169; Edward Alexander Buckingham Hay: L v18 no1324