Photo of seminary chapel. (by  Maccoinnich~commonswiki, Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Some news for devotees of ugly architecture, from the BBC: 

The ownership of an A-listed modernist building which the Catholic Church has been trying to get rid of for years has been transferred to a charitable trust.

Last year, the church described St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, near Helensburgh, as an “albatross around our neck” which it could not give away.

The “modernist masterpiece” closed in the 1970s and has seen decades of failed plans to revive it.

The church said the Kilmahew Education Trust would be the new legal owners.


The seminary, which is surrounded by acres of woodland, was built in 1966 as a training college for Roman Catholic priests.

It was designed by Scottish architectural firm Gillespie, Kidd and Coia for the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

Renowned architects Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein supplied the vision for the distinctive zig-zag design and concrete appearance, with internal features such as vaulted ceilings and floating staircases.

The structure came to be considered a modernist masterpiece but its working lifetime was short and when the number of trainee priests fell, the seminary was deconsecrated in 1980.

Read more.

And check out this undated film below, showing the seminary as it was when it was still open.