Egyptian Halls, Glasgow

Shortlisted 2019.

Having now stood vacant for almost 40 years, Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls, a masterpiece of the architect Alexander Thomson, is increasingly confronted with the danger of being completely lost.Completed in 1872, the building hosted public gatherings, musical performances and were home to over 50 stalls selling goods from around the world. The five-story building was built in a Classical style with an unusual combination of Greek, Egyptian and Assyrian detailing.

Grimsby Ice Factory, England

Selected 2018.

 

The Grimsby Ice Factory dates from 1900 and is a substantial Grade II* listed red brick industrial building within Grimsby Docks. Grimsby was the world’s foremost fishing port at the turn of the 20th century with a fishing fleet of some 700 boats. The Factory was designed by the engineer W. F. Cott and commenced operation in 1901 to supply the ice for fish packing and onwards transportation, around the UK, to Europe, and further afield in a period before refrigeration.

Mavisbank House, near Edinburgh, Scotland

Designed by the Scottish architect William Adam and Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, owner of the house, Mavisbank (1726) is one of the most significant works of architecture of early 18th century Scotland. It is essentially a Palladian villa adapted to northern European conditions, with a centre block and two pavilions creating an extraordinarily picturesque composition. Despite its historical and architectural significance, the house is in an advanced state of disrepair. It is hoped that the nomination for ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ 2016, submitted by the Mavisbank Trust, will raise awareness of the building’s plight to an unprecedented level, helping to draw further support for its restoration within Scotland and potentially from much further afield.

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