McIntyre Building


The McIntyre Building was originally built to serve as a student union, a place for "rubbing your brains with those of other people" as Rector Stanley Baldwin described it. Its construction was partly funded by an anonymous gift of £5,000 from Dr John McIntyre. The gift was made in memory of his late wife, Anne. The east end of the the building was completed in 1886 by the architects John Burnet Sr, John James Burnet, and John Archibald Campbell. John James Burnet designed the extensions that were added in 1893 and 1908 and the Glasgow University Union was formally opened in the new John McIntyre Building in 1890.

In 1930 the men's union moved to the new Glasgow University Union building at the foot of University Avenue and the women of the Queen Margaret Union (QMU) moved into the premises in 1932 having been remodeled by T. Harold Hughes. The debating hall was converted to a dance hall, the lesser hall became a drawing room, and the smoking room served as a buffet and tea room. In 1969 the QMU moved again, to the new Queen Margaret Union building on University Gardens.

The John McIntyre Building became the headquarters of the Student Representative Council and provides accommodation for the Rector's office and classrooms.


McIntyre Building
University Avenue
G12 8QQ
Record last updated: 21st Oct 2016