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This morning I visited an important example of Glasgow’s architectural heritage as manifested in Millbrae Crescent, Langside.

Millbrae Crescent, which dates from 1876-1877, is associated with famous Glaswegian architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-1875) who is acknowledged by many as the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow and perhaps the greatest mind in Scottish Architecture. He acquired the nickname ‘Greek’ because of his belief that the architecture of the ancient Greeks could be the basis of modern architecture. However, Thomson never actually visited Greece and seldom left Glasgow.

There remain about twenty-four examples of Thomson’s work in Glasgow of which Millbrae Crescent is one. This was one of several jobs completed after Thomson’s death by his last partner, Robert Turnbull. However, the flair and elegance in combining the style of rustic villas with the sublime urbanity of the terrace suggest Millbrae Crescent was the work of Thomson.

Video clip of Millbrae Crescent

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