Get voting for Rothesay Pavilion!

Rothesay Pavilion in Argyle Street.
Rothesay Pavilion in Argyle Street.

There’s still time to cast your vote to see Rothesay Pavilion named as the best Scottish building of the last 100 years.

The iconic island building has been named as one of the top ten Scottish buildings of the last 100 years by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) as part of the celebrations to mark the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Three Bute buildings made that list of 100 buildings - the Pavilion, Winter Gardens and Mount Stuart Visitors Centre - and the public have been voting for their favourites this year, with the deadline fast approaching.

All three Bute buildings feature in the Scotstyle exhibition, now touring Scotland until October 31, and in the accompanying book. Stops on the tour have included Stornoway, Portree, Stirling, Lerwick, and Edinburgh.

The Argyle Street Pavilion was designed by award-winning architect James Carrick – winner of a 1936 design competition and completed in 1938.

The RIAS say the Pavilion gave Glasgow holidaymakers at the end of the 1930s “an experience of stylish, modern seaside elegance to rival anything in Europe.”

In its lifetime the Pavilion has played host to events as diverse as grand balls and parties, concerts and conferences, weddings and sports, beauty pageants and political events, and has become an important part of island life.

Since last year Rothesay Pavilion has been undergoing a multi-million pound restoration, which will take more than two years to complete, to to preserve its Grade A listed, Art Deco splendour for generations to come.

The reopening of the Pavilion is planned for the summer of 2018 – just in time to celebrate Rothesay Pavilion’s 80th anniversary.

To cast your vote for Rothesay Pavilionto be named best building of the last 100 years, and find out more about the exhibition tour, visit

The winner will be announced at the Festival of Architecture Finale, which will be held in Dundee on November 18, 2016.