CALLS have been made to Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to list the former Langside Synagogue.

Local groups such as Govanhill Baths have been petitioning the public body to protect the Niddrie Road building, which was built in 1926 and opened in May 1927.

Originally created to house the Langside Hebrew Congregation, the synagogue closed in 2014.

The building was sold last year with the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre at Garnethill Synagogue taking some of the interior fixtures, such as the Ark and bimah.

HES assessed the building earlier this year and produced a report detailing the architectural style of the building and some of its interior fixtures and fittings.

It says: "Interior decoration including woodcarving and wall-painting in folk-art style is characteristic of Eastern European synagogues particularly in Poland, Ukraine, and Romania.

"The use of this traditional Eastern European style is rare in Scotland and the interior of the former Langside Synagogue is considered to be the only known example.

"The choice of the interior design is significant because it reflects the traditions of members of its Eastern European congregation in the early 20th century."

The report recommends that the synagogue is listed as a category C building.

A decision on the issue is in progress and comments can be submitted to HES until August 28.

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