The Archdiocese of Glasgow has concluded the transfer of the ownership of a derelict seminary, considered one of Scotland’s great modernist structures. A new charity, the Kilmahew Education Trust, will be the new owners of the former St Peter’s Seminary and its estate at Cardross in Argyll and Bute.
The trust will develop it as an asset for the local community while respecting its unique archaeological status.
No payment was made as the archdiocese bequeathed the estate and buildings free of charge to the Trust.
The seminary was designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, and has been described by one international architecture conservation organisation as a “building of world significance”.
Brutalist in style and owing a huge debt to Le Corbusier, the seminary is widely considered to be one of the most important examples of modernist architecture in Scotland. It was completed in 1966 just as the number of candidates entering seminary began to decline. The building never reached its full capacity of around 100 students. In February 1980 it closed.
The sale was hailed by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia as “a good day for the archdiocese, for the local area, and for the wider Scottish community.”
Picture: An exterior view of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Argyll and Bute. (Danny Lawson/PA).