Blythswood Square

A square near the centre of the City of Glasgow, Blythswood Square was created for the city's merchants in 1823 by the developer William Garden and his architect John Brash. The area of Blythswoodhill had originally been laid out by William Harley in 1804, but when he became bankrupt, Garden took over. Garden himself was declared bankrupt and the rest of the development was completed by his trustees. It is now an area of offices, clubs and restaurants. One of the grandest buildings, the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club occupying the entire east side of the Square, dates from 1823 and was remodelled in 1923. The club closed in 2002 and the building is being converted into a luxury hotel.

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