BATTLE OF THE STYLES; A Study of Nineteenth Century Architecture

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Examples of Scottish civic architecture which have been inspired by Renaissance, Gothic and Classical styles. (clip)

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Examples of Scottish architecture of the later 19th century, from David Hamilton and Alexander 'Greek' Thomson to the inspiration of Art Nouveau. (clip)

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Places:

  • Ayrshire
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Aberdeen

Subjects:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Transport
  • Water and waterways
  • Architecture and buildings

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA)

Decade:

  • 1960s

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Title: BATTLE OF THE STYLES; A Study of Nineteenth Century Architecture

Reference number: 2319

Date: 1968

Director: d. Douglas Gray

Sponsor: Educational Films of Scotland

Production company: Park Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 17.58 mins

Description: Documentary highlighting the work of several eminent Scottish architects, focussing particularly on the tension between the Gothic style and the Renaissance idiom / Classical revival, as experienced in nineteenth century Scotland.

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Credits: nar. Tom Fleming
based on a treatment by Francis Worsdall
educ. advisor Louise Annand

Shotlist: Credits (0.13) brief c/u of architects at work on drawing board, then montage of different examples of world architectural styles including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Gothic and Italian Renaissance (1.22) view of Edinburgh Castle then aerial shots of the Royal Scottish Academy and National Gallery, with close ups of architectural detail (2.10) shots of Scott Monument and St. John's Episcopal Church (2.28) shots of the Edinburgh New Town including Charlotte Square (3.01) shots of Glasgow buildings under the influence of Renaissance architecture, including Procurator's Hall and Library, a mansion house, Park Circus, Kirklee Terrace (4.45) shots of Gothic folly (5.10) ext. and int. of Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Observatory Road, Glasgow (6.08) brief shot of Trinity Church, Irvine (6.14) shots of St. Paul's Church, Edinburgh (6.28) brief shots of country mansion followed by shots of Donaldson's Hospital, Edinburgh [now the school for the deaf] (6.53) l/s of University of Glasgow (7.06) exts. of Templeton's Carpet Factory, Glasgow (7.26) buildings in the style of Scottish castles including Maybole Castle, Ayrshire (8.02) shots of model village for railway workers at Cowlairs [unfinished and demolished 1967] (8.37) brief c/u of steam locomotive and of St. Enoch railway station, Glasgow (8.48) shots of Forth Rail Bridge (9.01) l/s of Glasgow University, then shot showing facade of Wellington Church, Glasgow (9.16) brief shot of Union Street, Aberdeen (9.27) brief l/s of Calton Hill, Edinburgh followed by shots of the Royal High School (9.51) shots of Calton Hill including the Memorial to Robert Burns and the uncompleted Monument (10.30) various shots showing examples of buildings throughout Scotland by Glasgow architect, David Hamilton - includes the Palace of Hamilton, Royal Exchange Building, Glasgow and the Western Club Building (11.27) int. and ext. of Alexander "Greek" Thomson's St. Vincent Street Church, Glasgow (12.57) ext. shots of Thomson's Caledonia Road Church [destroyed by fire] (13.12) other examples of Thomson's Glaswegian buildings including offices, a warehouse, Egyptian Halls, Sauchiehall Street, tenement houses [including Oakfield House and Great Western Terrace] (14.51) shots of buildings by James Sillars including l/s of Kelvinside Academy and ext. of St. Andrew's Hall [destroyed by fire in 1962] (15.48) m/s and detail of Charing Cross Mansions, Glasgow (16.17) m/s and c/u of an office block in Glasgow influenced by Parisian stylings and Art Nouveau (16.42) m/s of Orient House, Glasgow (16.49) recap of shots of buildings already mentioned (17.40) ecs (17.58)