Scotland Street Public School

M233 Scotland Street Public School

Address: 225, Scotland Street, Glasgow G5 8QB
Date: 1903–7
Client: School Board of Glasgow
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of Scotland Street School from N.W.

This three-storey school was built by the School Board of Glasgow to serve a densely populated part of Tradeston, just S. of the River Clyde. Some features show the influence of historic Scottish architecture, but the design is remarkable for its novel reinterpretation of tradition, especially in the glazed towers that light the stairs. The boundary wall with its gates and railings and the janitor's house at the N.W. corner of the site were part of the original scheme. Closed as a school due to demolition of the surrounding housing, the building reopened as a museum of education in November 1990.

Authorship: Mackintosh is named as architect in official correspondence from the School Board, and in other contemporary sources. Scotland Street School was one of his most important commissions.

Cost from office job book: £18,597 2s 6½d

Cost from other sources: The final measurements of £19,171 8s 1d plus other expenses of £1370 0s 6d gave a total of £20,541 12s 6d. 1

Status: Standing building

Current name: Scotland Street School Museum

Current use: Museum of Education (2014)

Listing category: A

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 33534

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56SE 328.01

Grid Reference: NS 57752 64142

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.849632, lng = -4.273736   (Map)


1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: School Board Property Committee minutes, D-ED 1/1/1/12, 1 December 1908.