Gillespie, Kidd and Coia


Gillespie, Kidd and Coia
   The architectural firm Gillespie, Kidd and Coia has its origins in an 1830 Glaswegian architectural practice. The firm’s striking postwar achievements are largely attributable to the Isi Metzstein and Andrew MacMillan partnership. St Paul’s, Glenrothes (1957) inaugurated a decade of innovative ecclesiastical architecture, yielding eighteen churches. Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun (1965) demonstrates their characteristic fascination with light, ingenious forms and spatial relationships in evincing traditional and modern aspects. Simultaneous secular work led to later projects at Hull, Oxford and Cambridge universities, but the fate of the demolished St Bride’s campanile, St Benedict’s, Drumchapel (demolished 1991) and the derelict St Peter’s College, Cardross (1966) mirrored the firm’s own. Its premature cessation followed the much lauded Robinson College, Cambridge (1980).
   Further reading
    Glendinning, M. (ed.) (1997) Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision 1945-1975, East Linton: Tucknell Press.
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