Friday, 26 February 2016

Templeton Business Centre

This is one of the most famous buildings in Glasgow. The main building was constructed in 1889 as a carpet factory. It is described as being in the Venetian Gothic style. The factory faces a public park, Glasgow Green, east of the city centre. The story is that several proposed designs were rejected as being unsuitable for such a high profile location. The owners then engaged an architect who based a design on the Doge's Palace in Venice on the grounds that this could not possibly be objected to.    

The Doge's Palace, Venice
Attached to the building is the West brewery and restaurant. They make German style beer and have a German restaurant. I had lunch there a few weeks ago and can strongly recommend it
Near the building I found this charming piece of Victoriana - a commemorative drinking fountain.

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