Adam Fireplace, Glasgow Trades Hall, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the architectural heritage of the Adam family in the West of Scotland.

William Adam ( 1689-1748) was the leading Scottish architect of his time with a prodigious work output. Adam was multi-talented with skills in stone masonry plus business acumen. He was known to act as contactor as well as architect on certain schemes.

William Adam was the father of three sons, Robert ( 1728-1792), James ( 1732-1794) and John ( 1721-1792) all of whom followed their father in the architecture profession. Robert’s designs followed the Scottish neo-classical tradition.

Here is Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. This was designed by Robert Adam and built 1775-1792.

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Here is Inveraray Castle in Argyll. Designed by William Adam and Roger Morris but completed by John Adam and Robert Adam.

Inveraray Castle, Scotland

Here is Cumbernauld House which was designed by William Adam.

Cumbernauld House, Scotland

Here is the McLennan Arch on Glasgow Green. This originally formed part of the Assembly Rooms in Glasgow which were designed by Robert and James Adam.

McLennan Arch, Glasgow Green, Scotland

Here is Glasgow’s Trades Hall. Although embellished over the years, the original building dates from 1791-1794 and was the work of Robert Adam.

Trades House, Glasgow, Scotland

Clearly, the Adams have left us with a diverse and interesting architectural legacy.

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