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Cottiers Theatre
Former Dowanhill Parish Church - geograph.org.uk - 594968.jpg
Former names Dowanhill Parish Church
Address 93–95 Hyndland St
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates 55°52′26″N 4°18′06″W / 55.874025°N 4.301741°W / 55.874025; -4.301741Coordinates: 55°52′26″N 4°18′06″W / 55.874025°N 4.301741°W / 55.874025; -4.301741
Public transit
Listed Building – Category A
Designated: 15 December 1970
Reference #: LB32879
Construction
Built 1865–1866
Opened 1866 (as a church)
Closed 1984 (as a church)
Architect William Leiper

Cottiers is a theatre located in Glasgow, Scotland. It also operates as a bar and restaurant. Cottiers occupies the building of the 19th-century former Dowanhill Parish Church.

Early years of the church

The church building was built to serve as the parish church of the Dowanhill United Presbyterian Church. It was designed in the Neo-Gothic style by William Leiper, and was built between 1865 and 1866. The foundation stone was laid on August 4, 1865, and the building was opened on November 11, 1866. The congregation became part of the Church of Scotland in 1929, and the church was renamed Dowanhill Parish Church.

Works of art

The building includes a collection of notable frescoes and stained glass windows by Daniel Cottier. The building was renamed Cottiers in honour of Daniel Cottier after the church was converted into a theatre.

Closure, conversion and present use

The church served as a parish church of the Church of Scotland until 1984, when the Dowanhill congregation united with the East Partick congregation forming East Partick and Dowanhill Parish Church. That same year, the church building was bought by the Four Acres Charitable Trust which converted the building into a theatre, an arts centre with a bar and restaurant. The building was restored during numerous phases starting from the 1980s and going as far as 2012.

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