Great Western Terrace by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson

Today, in course of a snowstorm, I visited Great Western Terrace in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland.

Purpose of the visit was to view and photograph what is acknowledged as Glasgow’s grandest terrace which dates from 1867-77.  This was designed by Alexander Thomson, the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow. He acquired the moniker ‘Greek’  Thomson because his work was inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece. However, Thomson, who lived 1817-1875, rarely left Glasgow and never visited Greece. Thomson did not slavishly copy the ancient Greeks but adapted the style to the 19th century incorporating inventions like plate glass and cast-iron. Whilst some of Thomson’s work has been demolished there still remains an extensive portfolio to admire, including the Caledonia Road Church and St. Vincent Street Church.

Detail from Great Western Terrace, Glasgow

It will be noted that Great Western Terrace is an unusual composition in which the taller houses feature at irregular intervals. The design is severe, relying on repetition and careful proportions.


Great Western Terrace, Glasgow, Scotland


Great Western Terrace, Glasgow, Scotland



A site to visit when travelling along the Great Western Road.