The Western Baths Club, Glasgow

Name: The Western Baths Club
Location: Glasgow
Current status: Open
Date built: 1876
Architect: Clarke and Bell
Listed building status: Category A
Lead organisation: Western Baths Club

An outstanding, extremely rare and intact example of an early private members’ swimming facility in Scotland.

The building emulates the form and air of a Venetian Palazzo. The interior features a grand imperial staircase and columned entrance hall; arcaded round-arched hall screen; arcaded, glazed screens with geometric glazing bars to poolside changing rooms; lancet windows in pool hall gables; decorative cast-iron roof brackets to pool with initials W and B detailed in the roundel; early pool apparatus, including hanging rings and trapeze; spittoons and corner steps to pool; extensive polychromatic floor and wall tiling; top-lit cooling room with carved cornice; panelled rooms.

Pool, Turkish Baths suite, gym, sports hall, exercise room, billiard room, crèche, meeting room, bar and bistro.

Notable fact
Western Baths Club has been in continual use as a recreational facility since first opening its doors in 1876.

Current plans
The Western Baths Club is thriving and a wonderful example of a swimming baths that has survived difficult times and now boasts over 2,600 members and a waiting list for membership. The Club organises a range of special activities and events.


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Postcode: G12 8BZ

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