Janitor's House, Canning Place Public School:
Sited in the east of the city centre, in the area between Buchanan Bus Station and Glasgow Royal Infirmary this small red sandstone former janitor's house is sited in the grounds of the Canning Place Public School building. Built along with the school in 1906, the buildings were designed by the Glasgow architecture practice: Frank Burnet, William James Boston and James Carruthers.
The building is ashlar; using the red sandstone found throughout the west of Scotland. With a hipped slate clad roof this janitor's house is typical of its era. During this period of school building which this building dates more to the end of this era, Glasgow built a great many large Victorian and Edwardian schools each with its own janitor's house. These ocupied houses allowed a janitor to be on site 24/7, not for the modern concerns of security and to prevent vandalism, but rather to ensure the often coal-fired boilers were kept alight, a task requiring regular attention. The janitor's house here has been empty since 1997 when the school was closed. The building's condition has deteriorated significantly suffering from occasional break-ins and acts of vandalism. Some of these small former residences have been refurbished and sold or let as accomodation, sadly this example like the majority lies vacant. Of all Glasgow's derelict building stock these are some of the most obvious which would be suitable for re-use, however instead inaction leaves them to rot. It is assumed that the issue is related to seperating the property from the main school in terms of property deeds and also defining boundaries without compromising the future potential plot of land that both buildings inhabit. Whatever the exact reason the redundancy of these eminently usable, attractive and desirable residences flies in the face of common sense. The building is category B listed.
street address: 195 St James Road, Glasgow, G4 0NT
Latitude / Longitude: 55.864561,-4.243982 (sourced using Google Maps)
south-east elevations with a bay window at ground floor level
the original front doorway on the south elevation
east (rear) and south elevations, note the saturated walling below the eaves under the tall chimney head
the new occupants
north-east elevations from the raised area of land to the east
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