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> Art Galleries, Wrong Way Round
post 8th Jun 2005, 07:07pm
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As far as I am aware, contrary to a Glasgow 'Urban Myth' the Art Galleries building at Kelvingrove was not built back to front. Apparently when it was built, there was no Argyle street and that the pathway along by the river was the then main thoroughfare and thus faced this direction.

Nobody seems to have come up with anything to prove or disprove this. rolleyes.gif

Kenny :)
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post 9th May 2013, 04:35am
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from the art galleries main site.

Partly financed by the International Exhibition of 1888, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was built in 1901 by the English architects Sir J.W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen. Following the Glasgow tradition of red sandstone buildings, it was built of Locharbriggs sandstone in a Spanish Baroque style and its main entrance faces onto the River Kelvin Valley while the most used doorway is on Sauchiehall Street, which has given rise to the mistaken belief that the building was built the wrong way round. Originally intended to house a concert hall and an art school, it was opened in 1902 without either function.

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post 9th Aug 2013, 07:13pm
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A similar 'myth' is attached to Buckingham Palace. What we see of it as its 'front' - where the balcony is located is actually the back. The Garden Front is the true front of the palace and may be seen when you get invited to one of HMs garden parties. As if!

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post 9th Aug 2013, 09:01pm
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Better being built the wrong way round than being built inside out
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post 9th Aug 2013, 09:10pm
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Not a building but a ship.
I heard that the Queen Elizabeth II (Q4) took a bit longer to build because it was discovered that the turbines were put in the wrong way and had to be taken out and done again. Apparently the blueprints had been upside down.
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post 9th Aug 2013, 09:23pm
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I was told as a schoolboy that the art gallery was built to face the university tower across the Kelvin. Two seats of learning and culture looking to each other.
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