Built in the 1880s in George Square, the City Chambers is the headquarters of council serving the City of Glasgow.
Enter through a loggia and be met with a mosaic of the city’s Coat of Arms. This mosaic style referred to as Keramic, is found on other floors as well as the ceilings. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million tiles were laid by hand in the vaulted ceilings and domes.
Off the main loggia there are two impressive stairwells. To the left is a staircase of marble, to the right, freestone. The balusters are of alabaster, as are the wall panels, placed one after the other in cutting order.
We did not get a chance to take the guided tour, but the upper gallery with a beautiful ceiling and dome are visible from the main floor.
I am a cinephile, love movies, just not zombie movies, but if you are into that you may be interested to know that the Brad Pitt movie World War Z was filmed both inside the City Chambers as well as in George Square. The Staircases are regularly used in film to substitute the marble Vatican steps.
My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator in White Rock BC on the Westcoast of Canada.