Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour and Thomas P. M Somers
Date Built
1926 - 1927 - later editions in 1931 & 1938
Argyle Street
The Kelvin Hall that occupies this site on Argyle Street, in Glasgow's west end, is a replacement for an earlier version that was destroyed by fire in 1925.  Initially the hall was used to accommodate a number of exhibitions including the Glasgow Civic and Empire Exhibition in 1931 and the Century of Progress Exhibition in 1935.  During World War II it was converted into a factory for the production of barrage balloons. 

In the 1950s it was once again in the business of hosting exhibitions as well as sporting events and concerts with Jerry Lee Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, The Kinks and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra among the acts.  Over a six week period in 1955 Billy Graham preached to 180,000 people inside the hall.  During the 80s the building was modified to create an International Sporting Arena to host a variety of sporting events, a role it continued to play until 2014 when the Emirates Arena and Chris Hoy Velodrome took over as hosts.

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