22 Park Circus, Glasgow

Construction of 22 Park Circus commenced in 1872 and was completed in 1874.

The house was originally built for Walter Macfarlane, founder of the Saracen Foundry. Designed by James Boucher (who also designed the Possilpark and Washington Street Foundaries), 22 Park Circus was the home of Walter Macfarlane. This house passed to his adopted son (his nephew) Walter Macfarlane II, who appointed James Salmon and J Gaff Gillespie to modernise the building. . Their refurbishments, between 1897-99, included a cast iron conservatory, as well as an Art Noveau billiards room with glass-domed anteroom.

In 1934, the building was acquired as an Italian social club, known as Casa D’Italia, and after the Second World War was utilised as a regional Italian consulate. In 1990, the building was acquired by developers, who, in co-operation with Historic Scotland, began a programme of restoration. It is now on a long-term lease to Glasgow City Council, which operates the building as the city’s register office for civil marriages.

UPDATE July 2014 – GCC have returned to the city centre and the building is for sale.




– The building now offers five marriage suites:
Ground Floor

* The Lomond Suite occupies the former Library, overlooking Park Circus and seating fifty-five guests.
* The Kelvin Suite is situated in the former Dining Room, and seats fifty-five guests.
* The Avon Room is located in the conservatory, seating twenty guests

First Floor

* The Katrine Suite is in the Drawing Room of the house, seating fifty-five guests.
* The Clyde Suite is in the former Master Bedroom, with room for thirty guests.

Behind the conservatory is the former turkish bath, where private ceremonies may be held without guests. The renovation work undertaken by the owners has meant that all rooms retain their period features, including fireplaces.

Walter Macfarlane & Co



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One Response to “22 Park Circus, Glasgow”

  1. This property is no longer the Registry offices and is up for sale July 2014.

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