Weekly Photo Challenge – Corner – Elder Park Library, Govan

Cornerstone of Elder Park Library, in Govan, Glasgow

‘Corner’stone of Elder Park library, which is also located in the SE corner of Elder Park, in Govan, Glasgow. It was opened in 1903, by the infamous Dunfermline born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.

Paradoxically, it was Mrs Isabella Elder, widow of the renowned Glaswegian shipbuilder and engineer, John Elder, who actually funded the building of the library. Andrew Carnegie, never actually opened, any of his many grand Glaswegian Carnegie libraries.

I’ve only just realised, that “Corner” was last weeks WordPress challenge, but this post also fits in pretty well with this weeks Photo Challenge, ‘structure’. Most people see the old library, and think it looks nice, but many don’t notice these wonderful stone engravings.

Elder Park Library, Govan, Glasgow
Elder Park Library, Govan, Glasgow




26 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Corner – Elder Park Library, Govan

  1. I love to find the engravings and interesting turnings on old buildings and other structuers…for some reason I always think of gargoyles when I see them.

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    1. Thank you Mary πŸ™‚ The colour of the stone is due to the fact that the sandstone (the yellow/orange blockwork) was deposited from eroded down mountains, that would have consisted partly of igneous rocks rich in iron and magnesium minerals. These minerals would have remained fairly inconspicuous in the original sandstone, but once they became exposed to the air, the iron oxidises to iron oxides (like rust), and creates these wonderful earthy colours πŸ™‚

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    1. My sentiments exactly Su!!! πŸ™‚
      Just a shame that most our libraries now have very few books in them!! I’ve said it many times before, I wish that our society nowadays would build properties to last, rather than to maximise their profits. It would be great if we could become a nation of quality stone masons again πŸ™‚

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      1. πŸ‘ I think NZ will have to be a country of steel and timber buildings. Masonry isn’t great in earthquakes. We’re in the process of requiring all our public and commercial buildings to become earthquake code-compliant. It’s so expensive for many owners that they will probably end up demolishing old buildings and starting again. Hideous thought!!!

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      2. I can see the logic to that Su, even if it does mean lots of not so beautiful buildings, in the end, peoples safety should be paramount. Mind you, it’s not like NZ has suddenly been ‘infected’ by earthquakes, and if the older buildings have stood up so far, it sounds like various developers may use the legislation for their own benefits, rather than for the safety of the population!

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      3. There is definitely truth in that Andy! But I think too that researchers were surprised that neither the Christchurch nor Kaikoura earthquakes conformed to patterns they’d seen before, so even buildings that have “stood the test of time”

        Interestingly, the effect of last year’s Kaikoura earthquake in Wellington was mainly on newer mid-rise commercial buildings. Quite a few have had to be demolished.

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      4. That’s fascinating Su, that the latest earthquakes are somehow different to the previously recorded ones, no doubt something connected to the depth at which they are getting triggered, which maybe changing due to the weight of all the buildings on the surface – of course, it could be something else entirely, I’m certainly no expert in seismology!
        I’m not surprised that last years Wellington earthquake mainly affected newer mid rise buildings, the legislation on such buildings is no doubt not as strict as it would be for high rise buildings. And I know from over here, most the higher buildings which were built in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s have already been demolished, and we don’t even have any ‘proper’ earthquakes!


  2. J > Thinking about ‘architectural’ photos i’ve taken over the years, I have a feeling that details of external/projecting corners (indoors or out) are disproportionately represented! They are very often a condensed expression of the style and value of the building, whether that be a the projecting quoins of a farm building in the north of england, or a gargoyle on a Borders ruined abbey.

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