Today, I ventured into Glasgow’s West End, principally to locate some more examples of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s work.

Here is a pic of the National Piping Centre, McPahter St. It was formerly a Free Church building designed by Doublas and Sellars in 1872. It seems to have a neo-classical Greek Thomson feel about it.
The Sixty Steps-1872.Kelvinside Terrace West, 8 Queen Margaret’s Place

Greek Thomson designed this monumental flight of steps which connected with a now-demolished bridge across the River Kelvin.

View of the River Kelvin in the fall. This river is a northern tributary of the River Clyde.
Here are some images of Northpark Terrace-1863-65, 35-51 Hamilton Drive.

One of Thomson’s austere designs: a long infill terrace of retained and repetitive rectilinear elegance.



Eton Terrace-1862-64 41-52 Oakfield Avenue/Great George Street.

This is a Thomson designed terrace of houses with the ends made prominent with pedimented temple-fronts and with much use of Thomson’s favourite square columns. Rhythms are set up by the games played with wall planes and window surrounds while each pair of porches is treated as a miniature temple.





Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. This was designed by John W Simpson and E J Milner Allen, joint architects, of London, in 1892. The building was completed in 1901.
The brief for the competition required:

  • a central or music hall giving easy access to all parts of the building
  • a suite of top-lit art galleries
  • museum halls, some roof-lighted, some side-lighted saloons
  • and a school of art with separate entrance (this was later dropped from the scheme).




Views of Glasgow University.This was designed by George Gilbert Scott (1866 ) – built on Gilmorehill and entered from University Avenue It was intensely disliked by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson.




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