You may have noticed the on-going work at Shawlands Cross over the past few months, with the old taxi rank being closed off and Langside Halls becoming more visible. Well this weekend Langside Halls will be one of the buildings opening for Doors Open Day this year. The intention is to show everyone this incredible building and give a taster of what to expect when it opens for good. Langside Halls Trust and the Langside Halls Consortium (The Glad Cafe, Southside Fringe Glasgow, Southside Film Festival and The Workers Theatre) have been working hard on an exciting programme that will include live music, film screenings from local filmmakers, short talks and a John MacLean re-enactment. There is also lots for children to see around the halls, including an ‘eye spy game’.
The weekend-long event is part of Doors Open Days 2018 and will take place between 10am and 4pm on 15th and 16th September and entry is free.
History of Langside Halls
Langside Halls was dismantled, moved from the city centre and reconstructed on its present location in 1902-03. It was originally one of the city's most imposing commercial buildings, the National Bank of Scotland at 57 Queen Street, designed in 1847 by John Gibson, a prolific bank architect, with sculpture by John Thomas who also worked on the decoration of the Houses of Parliament.
In 1902, the building was moved brick by brick to the South Side and rebuilt on the edge of Queens Park. Langside Halls were officially opened on the 24 December 1903.
This weekend, you can visit and find out about the fascinating history of this unique building, take a tour and learn about the architecture, sculptures and history of the building. There will be an exhibition of the history of the building with photographs, illustrations and maps. Tours are on the hour and last approximately 20 minutes. No booking is required.
For more information visit the Langside Halls Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/langsidehalls/