It may be more accessible than the Townhead Library for some, but is it more accessible than the Townhead Library could have been at a lesser cost?
Here's what we had:
The asymmetrical front elevation features an entrance to the left, surmounted by a segmental pediment broken by a pedimented niche with statue. Fluted Ionic pilasters flank the round-arched keystoned doorway.
A wide pedimented bay sits to the outer left with a cartouche and 'Townhead Public Library' inscribed on a frieze. A tripartite window with fluted Ionic pilaster mullions sits below, flanked by channelled pilasters with cartouches.
A further entrance sits to the outer right with a segmental pediment, wreaths above a shouldered and moulded door surround, and 'Boys and Girls' inscribed on a frieze. The window to the left is set in a segmentally pedimented bay with a statued niche. The flanking windows are divided by Ionic pilasters and are set in moulded surrounds and keystones. A die balustrade runs above.
The leaded and glazed ribs of the reading room cupola rise from the rear, topped by an ogee-capped ventilator and finial. The pyramidal ventilator of the newspaper room can also be see
The interior features plasterwork, mutuled cornices, brass finger plates, and glazed tiles to both the vestibule and cupola. The newspaper room retains its reading desks. The panelled service desk and wrought-iron balustrade are also retained. The reading room features a blind arcade.
Now we have an accessible large room of no note!
Here's the litany of pretence, incompetence and ignorance which allowed GDC to demolish a building of note and replace it with ... nothing of course.
February 1991: The library is relocated and the building left vacant. Dry rot has been treated, but there is evidence of some further rot. Strathclyde Regional Council is considering purchasing the building, and a decision is due shortly on whether to market it.
August 1993: Glasgow District Council agrees to transfer the building to Strathclyde Regional Council. It plans to demolish to facilitate road widening.
December 1993: Permission to demolish is sought.
1994: Permission is granted, but with conditions on the retention and re-erection of the fašade.
January 1995: Local planners report that the transfer to Strathclyde Regional Council is not now proceeding and the works are unlikely to proceed.
1996: A scheme is drawn up to convert the library into a doctor's surgery.
1997: Local planners report that the condition of the building is being monitored as concerns have been expressed over its structural integrity.
March 1998: The building is demolished.