50th anniversary of St Peter’s celebrated with landmark book 

30/11/2016
St Peter's Seminary Inauguration. Image: Archdiocese of Glasgow

The full story of St Peter’s, Scotland’s most famous modernist ruin, is being told for the first time. Released today – exactly 50 years since the building first opened its doors in 1966, this landmark publication tells the whole story of the commissioning, decline and resuscitation of the seminary for the first time.

Published by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) in partnership with NVA and Glasgow School of Art, St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal traces the history of one of Scotland’s most celebrated and contested buildings.

Acclaimed Architectural Historian Diane Watters looks at the history of a structure that emerged out of the innovation of postwar church-building. Featuring unpublished historical images along with original plans, she traces the story of an architectural failure which morphed into a tragic modernist myth. Across 54 pages of stunning photographs, Angus Farquhar recounts how NVA came to play the key role in the renewal of St Peter’s.

St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal, is available from the SCRAN online shop as well as from all major book stockists.


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