History of the square

Blythswood Square was originally intended by the Georgian architects and planners of the time to be the “new” centre of the city. However, various wealthy Glasgow entrepreneurs and industrialist merchants had different ideas.

William Harley, a wealthy textile manufacturer laid out a garden on the top of Blythswood Hill and built a tower, nicknamed Harley’s Folly.

Visitors were charged admission but the novelty soon wore off. During the Napoleonic wars there was little new feuding, and with the coming of peace, a new town laid out on a gridiron pattern expanding over Blythswood Hill was conceived.

Historical events 1857

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House of accused murderer
Madeleine Smith

1893 to 1971

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Owned by 'Glasgow Society
of Lady Artists'

1908

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed
the black door that is currently there

1911

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Alterations to 4 Blythswood Square

1955

BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

The Monte Carlo Rally, which started
out from Blythswood Square in 1955

Monte Carlo Rally 2009

BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL

RAC club converted into the renowned Blythswood Square Hotel

2016 Present Day
Blythswood Square

The Square remains today in the heart of the business district evidenced by new investment all around it from the new Scottish Power HQ located a few blocks to the west, to the restoration of the former RAC club into one of Glasgow’s finest 5 star hotels on the Square itself.

The opening in 2016 of the Dakota Hotel is visible upon exiting 2-4 Blythswood Square providing a convenient addition to the numerous amenities within easy reach. Key attributes of the Square are a unique brand, excellent motorway connectivity and access to all of Glasgow’s city centre railway connections, and most of all a dear green place in which to work.

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