Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

The Kelvin Hall, situated on Argyle Street in Glasgow, is one of Britain's largest exhibition centers. It has transformed into a versatile venue for both arts and sports, initially opening its doors as an exhibition venue back in 1927. Over the years, it has also served as a concert hall, housed the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena until 2014, and was the location of Glasgow's Museum of Transport from 1987 to 2010.

This impressive structure stands by the banks of the River Kelvin, directly across from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It was designed to complement the aesthetic of Kelvingrove Park and boasts a grand entrance plaza, constructed using red sandstone. The massive steel-framed building has been a fixture of the landscape since 1927.

Before the current Kelvin Hall, there was an earlier version built on former football fields at Bunhouse Grounds. It was a temporary structure made of brick, wood, and iron, opening in August 1918 to host the second British Industries Fair. The new Kelvin Hall was designed by architect Robert James Walker, known for his work on the 1911 Scottish Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park.

From 1918 to 1925, the Hall hosted numerous events like fairs, exhibitions, and carnivals, contributing proceeds to the Common Good fund. In 1926-1927, the current Kelvin Hall, spanning 6 acres, was built for large-scale exhibitions, commissioned by Glasgow Corporation and designed by Thomas Somers, Glasgow's Master of Work and City Engineer.

Today, the redeveloped Kelvin Hall serves as a hub for artistic, cultural, and health and fitness activities, made possible through a collaborative effort involving Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow, and the National Library of Scotland. This historic building holds category B listed status, reflecting its cultural significance and importance.

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Sight Name: Kelvin Hall
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland (See walking tours in Glasgow)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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