Landmark book published on St Peter’s 50th anniversary

The full story of St Peter’s, Scotland’s most famous modernist ruin, is being told for the first time. A new landmark publication was released on November 30, exactly 50 years after the building first opened its doors in 1966. St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal tells the whole story of the commissioning, decline and resuscitation of the seminary for the first time.

Published by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) in partnership with NVA and Glasgow School of Art, the book traces the history of one of Scotland’s most celebrated and contested buildings.

Acclaimed Architectural Historian Diane Watters looks at the history of a structure that emerged out of the innovation of postwar church-building. Featuring unpublished historical images along with original plans, she traces the story of an architectural failure which morphed into a tragic modernist myth. Across 54 pages of stunning photographs, Angus Farquhar recounts how NVA came to play the key role in the renewal of St Peter’s.

St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal, is available from the SCRAN online shop as well as from all major book stockists.

Landmark book published on St Peter’s 50th anniversary