Whitevale Street Public Baths & Washhouse:
A large predominantly two and three storey building complex. The west facing element is built of a high quality facing brick with red sandstone (ashlar) details at the windows and doors. This design style is repeated at the three storey east facing building at the opposite side of the complex, between a series of five north/south orientated pitched roofs which link the two end buildings and are faced on the north side by plan brick. To the south side of the complex a larger two storey plain red brick pitched roof structure encloses the southern elevation (demolished 2012). The entire complex was designed by A. B. McDonald and W. Sharp from the City Architects office.
The building formerly housed a swimming pool and turkish bath. It was closed in the 1980s and remained empty ever since sited in the shadow of the brutalist Whitevale and Bluevale twin towers (also earmarked for demolition). The building declined into a very poor condition, bricked up on the west elevation and effectively sealed, but on the east side through the upper level smashed windows view could be seen up and then through the rotted roof indicating a complete loss of watertightness at that end of the structures. The southern building was also in a very poor condition with parts of the roof missing with exposed trusses and clearly rotten.
In 2012 the southern part of the complex saw the emergency demolition of the large plain red brick building exposing the interior of the complex. These works are rumoured to be limited to essential works whilst preserving the main parts of the buildings so the buildings for now survive. The buildings are category B listed.
street address: 75-89 Whitevale Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G31 1ED
Latitude / Longitude: 55.854842,-4.216818 (sourced using Google Maps)
Whitevale Baths carved in the red sandstone details which along with the high quality facing brick makes up the west facade of the building
view north along west elevation with the pair of Brutalist Whitevale and Bluevale high rise flats soaring upwards in the background
bricked up window with ashlar detailing
dangerous building sign, the interior is according to locals riddled with asbestos
view south down the west elevation on Whitevale Street
womens' baths entrance
Glasgow crest over the centre of the west elevation
mens' baths entrance
the contrast between the post war towers and the turn of the century Whitevale Baths, both constructed of the contemporary building materials of their time
the bulge of the central portion of the column known as entasis is to counteract the illusion that columns appear to slim at the centre if their sides are parallel. Hence the bulge counteracts this. Entasis can be seen as far back as ancient Greek times. Here its use is more the copying of a style rather than the recreation of this illusional effect.
south elevation of common brick (demolished 2012) and the view up Whitevale Street along the ashalr and facing brick front elevation
view from the south-east, the baths stretch backwards and from the south it can be seen they form a complex of linked buildings, ashalr and facing brick to the west and east, and common brick and warehouse aesthetic to the south and north. The two storey plain building on the left of the photograph was dmeolished in 2012.
the end of the roof of the south elevation shows the advanced state of decay much of the building must be in. The roof covering is missing, with just weathered timber boarding warped, rotten and broken providing very limited protection. The wall has had a metal strip put on top of the skewto prevent the ingress of water into the wallhead. The rest of the roof will be letting huge amounts of water into the building below.
south elevation of the east portion of the site
south end of the east elevation, missing boards from the windows allow a view through the building showing parts of the roof above are missing
central portion of the east elevation using a high quality facing brick and red sandstone details and string courses
first floor window on the east elevation. Note the plaster ceiling rose just visible through the window
view south down the east elevation
site from the north-east
site from the north looking south-east
west interior wall of the east part of the building. There appears to be a walkway at top floor level here with metal railings as a barrier
the round brick tower rising from the south end of the east part of the building, probably the former chimney for the boilers/furnace for the bath-house/steamie.
north elevation, here the building is a single storey and heavily overgrown with vegetation
view from the north with the tops of the north elevation in the foreground, and in the distance the dilapidated roof of the south part of the building
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