(Image: Mad4brutalism. The ruins of St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross)
It’s one of the best known abandoned buildings in Scotland. The concrete form of St Peter’s Seminary near Cardross, Argyll and Bute, has been described by Docomomo International as a “building of world significance”.
Built between 1961 and 1966, the brutalist structure closed as a Roman Catholic seminary in 1980 and in recent years has fallen into neglect. But its stark architecture has led many to campaign for its preservation and restoration efforts have ensued. As a result, St Peter’s Seminary is now considered one of Scotland’s most important modern buildings, and is now set to be transformed into a public arts venue by NVA.
Those who wish to explore the abandoned seminary building can now do so, thanks to an upcoming open weekend that will guide curious visitors through the ruin. Tickets for the event, which will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September, are available here.
From the Eventbrite page:
Walk through the abandoned chapel, find yourself in a graffiti artists’ paradise and try to imagine what life might have been like for the young men who lived here during the 1960s. This is a rare opportunity to visit Scotland’s most iconic modernist building in its raw and ruined state.
Built as a college to train Catholic priests in the 1960s, the Seminary was only in use for 14 years and has been abandoned for decades. It is celebrated worldwide as a masterpiece of modernist architecture and its decay has only added to its otherworldly charm.
About to be reclaimed by public art organisation NVA as an arts venue and visitor attraction, this is your chance to visit St Peter’s before construction begins.