The Kibble Palace Wednesday July 16, 2008, 4 comments

More pictures from our trip to the United Kingdom. The gallery is coming, I promise, but in the meantime I’ll keep posting some of the thousands of photos I took while across the pond.

The Kibble Palace

The Kibble palace is located in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. It was originally built at the house of engineer John Kibble in the 1860’s, then dismantled, shipped up the River Clyde by barge, and reassembled (and enlarged by increasing the diameter of the main section) in 1873. It was originally intended to be a concert hall and exhibition venue for important events, but was turned over to its current role as a greenhouse in 1881.

The Kibble Palace

It is built of wrought iron and glass supported by beams of cast iron. Much of the iron-work is incredibly detailed and beautiful.

The Kibble Palace

These pictures do the building no justice. It is an enormous greenhouse, and the glass dome is awe-inspiring. The whole structure is beautiful from every angle.

The Kibble Palace

It’s unfortunate that Canadian governments doesn’t seem interested in supporting the development or maintenance of buildings such as The Kibble Palace.

The Kibble Palace


Comments

Jonathan E Thursday July 17, 2008


Wow.

Adrian Thursday July 17, 2008


You have no idea Jon. What an amazing building!

I could live in a building like that. It was very much like being outside, but inside.

You should go see it if you’re ever in Glasgow. Like most things in the city that are operated by the council, there is no admission fee.

sarah Monday July 21, 2008


Having lived near the Kibble palace for a large fraction of my life, I feel like I somewhat take it for granted. Still, I love visiting it, and the refurbishment has definitely brought it into its own again. Your photos capture a lot of what is best about it – though we should have got one of those lovely fat carp :)

Daniel Black Tuesday July 29, 2008


That place is begging to be the setting of a scene in a zombie movie. Just begging.

Oh, and it’s beautiful. +)

Begging.

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