Interior of St Charles Borromeo Church, North Kelvinside

Interior of St Charles Borromeo Church, North Kelvinside

St Charles Borromeo Church in North Kelvinside, which dates from 1959/60, was erected in around a reinforced concrete skeletal frame. The main body of the church was formed from seven concrete portals, infilled with red rustic brickwork.
There is a highly original fanned vaulted roof over the apse, supported by a circular series of columns.
The original plan by Jack Coia was fleshed out by Andy MacMillan, producing a highly original completed building.

The Stations of the Cross were created with terracotta figures encircling the church by the celebrated sculptor Benno Schotz, in one of his final commissions before his retirement in 1961.
He used his wife, family and members of his synagogue as models for the extensive sculptural compositions which adorn the walls. Both Benno Schotz and Jack Coia feature as figures along with the church’s parish priest, Canon Vincent O’Sullivan.
Schotz also designed the sanctuary lamp suspended from an angelic figure appearing from on high.

The altar and pulpit were formed with Mexican onyx, a material favoured by Coia, which he also used in the neighbouring St Columba’s Church, Woodside.


Glazed doors at entrance to  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Glazed doors in concrete frame at entrance to St Charles' Church


Angled concrete surfaces at entrance to  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Angled concrete surfaces at entrance to St Charles' Church


Concrete roof over nave of  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Concrete roof over nave of St Charles' Church


Fanned concrete roof over apse of  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Fanned concrete roof over apse of St Charles' Church


Altar at  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Altar at St Charles' Church


Altar of  St Charles Borromeo Church encircled by a series of concrete columns

Altar of St Charles' Church encircled by a series of concrete columns


Pulpit and altar rail of  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Pulpit and altar rail of St Charles' Church showing multi-coloured Mexican onyx


Shadows on the apse of  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Shadows on the apse of St Charles' Church


Sunlit north-western corner of St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Sunlit north-western corner of St Charles' Church


Stations of the Cross by Benno Schotz along north wall of St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Stations of the Cross by Benno Schotz along north wall of St Charles' Church


Apse of  St Charles Borromeo Church showing concrete roof structure over the altar

Apse of St Charles' Church showing concrete roof structure over the altar


Centrepiece of Bruno Schotz's Stations of the Cross at  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Centrepiece of Bruno Schotz's Stations of the Cross, "Jesus Dies on the Cross"


Baptismal font at  St Charles Borromeo Church formed from green Mexican Onyx

Baptismal font at St Charles' Church formed from green Mexican Onyx


Golden dove over the baptismal font at  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Golden dove over the baptismal font at St Charles' Church


The Women of Jerusalem at  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

The 'Women of Jerusalem', posed by family members and ladies from of the congregation of Benno Schotz's synagogue


Figure of an angel carrying sanctuary lamp at  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Figure of an angel carrying sanctuary lamp at St Charles' Church


Circular rooflight over anteroom at entrance to  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Circular rooflight over anteroom at entrance to St Charles' Church


Eastern end of  St Charles Borromeo Church with balcony and entrance in darkness

Eastern end of St Charles' Church with balcony and entrance in darkness


East façade of  St Charles Borromeo Church, North Kelvinside

East façade of St Charles' Church, North Kelvinside


Evening sunlit view of  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Evening sunlit view of St Charles' Church from the south


Detached concrete bell tower at  St Charles Borromeo Church, Glasgow

Detached concrete bell tower at St Charles' Church


Original red sandstone presbytery of  St Charles Borromeo Church, North Kelvinside

Original red sandstone presbytery of St Charles' Church, North Kelvinside


 

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