|Glasgow Central Station, a photo by Dave Forbes Photography on Flickr.|
Down Gordon Street and left on Mitchell is what has to be one of the most interesting water towers ever designed. Glasgow’s own darling Charles RennieMackintosh created it in 1895 as part of the Glasgow Herald newspaper office, and today it appropriately houses Scotland’s Center for Architecture and Design. The water tower is now an observation point, and the “Mack” center located below educates an admiring public about Glasgow’s most celebrated architect and designer.
Royal Exchange Square
Taking a left on Queen Street we encounter another square; this one was named for King George III, but you won’t find a statue of his majesty there—even if you do see James Watts, Robert Burns, and what Steves calls a “surprisingly skinny” Queen Victoria. The square was planned out with a grand future in mind, but only came to fruition through a slow evolution from muddy slaughter yard, to residential area, to retail hub, to private garden, and finally to public space. A regal image of King George was at first intended to crown the square, but then the American Revolution (er…War of American Independence) made things go sour for Glasgow’s tobacco lords, and the king fell out of favor. So George Square was dedicated to Sir Walter Scott instead. Poor King George….