The Story of the creation of a new home for a Glasgow Musical Institution
Trading for over 40 years
as a Polish Travel Agency, this Glasgow West End shop had a long forgotten past… ..but it didn’t give up it’s secrets without a struggle!
Over a 3 month period
we redesigned the interior and transformed it into Glasgow West End’s leading Guitar and Music Store
Transcontinental Travel Agency
This is the shop as it was originally…
Note the heavy timber panelling and artex painted lowered ceiling. Within the sculptural stone and concrete facade, and encased in even more concrete, lie the victorian steel supporting columns, still covered in their original textured wallpaper. At this point we really didn’t know what we were letting ourselves in for and the extent of the work that would be required to turn the interior into what it is today. In the photos below you’ll see that the process of renovation turned into one of restoration where we discovered amazing original features dating back more than 100 years, that would enhance the final design and contribute positively to the staff and customer experience or “vibe” of our shop.
Let’s get started then
We didn’t know what to expect after receiving the keys to the property. Starting to remove the wall cladding we were excited to find original features which we thought would suit the shop
Here’s another surprise
And on the opposite side of the shop we uncovered some tiles…The shop could at one time have been a fishmonger or butcher
It took Neil
a lot of time and effort in sledgehammer swinging to free the original victorian steel column from it’s concrete shroud!
…And here is the uncovered column with original relief wallpaper almost intact
An original William Morris wallpaper fragment was found under the cladding…
…and another of different design
Artex Covered Suspended Ceiling
The lowered ceiling with supporting frame provided a challenge
We were eager to retain the cornice elements of the original ceiling
REMOVING OLD FRAMEWORK
Cutting down the old ceiling frame was a big job
New Ceiling Framing
We made new framing panels which were suspended close to the original damaged ceiling
Evie and Tilly
inspect the work in progress
was a big help in the initial stripping out
Dan takes a hard earned break
We’d really just started stripping the place out here. Work would be dirty and would take 3 months to complete
uncovering the past
To the rear of the shop in what is now the Acoustic Guitar Parlour there was a bricked up fireplace. The original timber cladding had been lost but we were able to use original timber from a different area to reinstate this wall.
It was behind this cladding that we found a cache of Victorian bottles that allowed us to throw some light on a previous occupant.
THE OLD FIREPLACE
Rickie frames up the wall to accept the replacement cladding. In the process he spotted something glinting behing the panels…what could it be?
We had uncovered a cache of Victorian bottles and interestingly some still had their printed labels attached and legible…time for some detective work
So the bottle reads….,
A Cool and Refreshing
This Valuable Preparation at Once Cleanses and Beautifies the Hair…
615 Great Western Road
Extract from 1911-1912 Post Office Annual Glasgow Directory
The entry reads –Klinkert, Henry, hairdresser and perfumer 615 Great Western Road …and also lists his home address as 61 Airlie Gardens
a long way to go
A shot showing the interior mid refurbishment before we took down the dividing walls to create the Acoustic Parlour and the main counter area
Another shot showing the original panelling which is now the rear wall of the repair shop
We hired scaffolding in to clean the wall and to fit the new frames and panels of the ceiling
New suspended ceiling
This pic shows the new ceiling in place and the electrics going in. We built a store between the columns to house cases of customer’s guitars whilst they are being repaired.
Duesenberg’s are here!
Our good friend Stevie Murray carried out all the creative metalwork in the shop.
Pavement Sign WORK
Stevie also designed and created our new hanging sign frame in wrought iron
Mockup of our sign
We printed the pavement sign on paper first to check the scale against Stevie’s wrought iron work
Evan at work
a rare action shot
The chandelier is in
and we must be nearly there?
What a contrast!
Evan had the unenviable job of cleaning the cornice and paintwork…covered in soot over many decades from what would have been gas mantle lighting and the open coal fire at the rear of the shop
7 massive frames
in total were made up to fit the new ceiling
Making up ceiling frames
The ceiling was probably the most tricky part of the whole project. Thanks to Rickie and his expertise we solved the problem!
UP THE MODS!
Graffiti by the shopfitters in the 60s …not rockers then!
Ready to recieve our new bespoke signage
THE ACOUSTIC SALON
Work in progress again. Here you can see the outline of the original fireplace. We were constantly sweeping up. There was constant dust and grit>
Another work in progress shot
We haven’t fitted the picture rail yet…but Paul has fitted the sockets..we’re almost there
This is the store we built for the workshop. With 50 repair jobs in various stages of repair in the shop at any one time we needed somewhere to store customer’s cases.
We Did IT!
All the hard work was worth it
The team: Evan, Jimmy, Dave, Dan
Not pictured: Rickie (joiner), Neil (construction), Stevie (metalwork), Paul (spark), John (builder), Andy (flooring)