Today, I visited further Thomson designed properties in Glasgow’s West End.
The following seven images are of Great Western Terrace, Great Western Road (1867-77).
This is Glasgow’s grandest terrace and a most unusual composition in which the taller houses are placed not at each end but in the middle. The design is very severe, relying on interpretation and careful proportions; Thomson’s friend and first biographer, the architect Thomas Gildard, wrote how..“The windows have no dressings but Greek goddesses could afford to appear undressed.”
This local (Struthers Memorial) church at Westbourne Gardens G12 caught my eye. The church was designed in 1873 by John Honeyman, a partner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and contains large stained-glass windows by Alfred Webster and Douglas Strachan. In 1913, a huge pipe organ was installed by Norman & Beard, and a large War Memorial was later placed on the pavement outside. Not strictly Thomson BUT here is a tenuous link as Mackintosh won a scholarship established upon the death of Thomson.
This was Thomson’s last important terrace in which he incorporated the canted bay window into a monumental design of dominant horizontality. The composition, in fact, is subtly asymmetrical, and it is instructive to study how this is resolved in the overall symmetry.