Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, photographed in 1956.
Described as "the stateliest and most conspicuous building in Pollokshaws", the Burgh Hall was gifted to Pollokshaws by Sir John Stirling Maxwell. The cost of construction was estimated at £20,000 by the time of its opening in 1898, and Stirling Maxwell also contributed towards its upkeep until Pollokshaws was annexed by Glasgow in 1912. Various carvings of monograms and mottoes relating to the benefactor's family can be found in the building.
Architect Robert Rowand Anderson was said to have based his design on the Old College buildings of the University of Glasgow in High Street, with the tower and the use of crow-stepped gables the most obvious similarities. The large hall has a capacity of 1,000, the small hall holds 200 and there are a number of side rooms. Despite coming under threat of closure in the 1990s and early 2000s, the building remains open in 2003 with the strong support of the local community.
Reference: D-AP 9/7/23/53
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