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Today is Remembrance Sunday. Weather mild ish for time of year but, crucially, sunny with blue skies. Went on my bike to explore nearby Greenbank Garden.

Here is a pic of a kilt maker’s shop/workshop at Eastwood Toll.

Autumnal tree.
Contrasts at Greenbank Garden
Within the Walled Garden at Greenbank

Another autumnal view with contrasts at Greenbank

Greenbank House-open April to Oct.
Trees at Greenbank

A small herd of Highland Cattle at Greenbank-very inquisitive and photogenic

Today, I undertook more exploration of Glasgow’s architectural heritage, with focus on Thomson. His buildings are real gems and form “hidden assets” tucked away in the streets of Glasgow. Images are provided below.

2-38 Milbrae Crescent, Langside. 1876-77
Completed after Thomson’s death by his partner, Robert Turnbull. Flair and elegance combine the style of rustic villas with the sublime urbanity of the terrace suggest that it was designed by Thomson.



Double Villa, 25 Mansionhouse Road, Langside. 1856-57.
Two semi-detached houses. Instead of the usual butterfly symmetry Thomson took one house plan and rotated it through 180 degrees so that the resulting building has two identical, asymetrical elevations, each both back and front, with one facing east and the other west. Note also that the windows are made entirely separate form the columns in the projecting bays.


Autumn view of Queen’s Park

Moray Place, Strathbungo.
A terrace of 10 small houses. All the ground floor windows and doors are evenly spaced and exactly the same size while an unbroken run of 52 square columns on the first floor links the two projecting houses. Thomson lived and died in No 1 Moray Place.






Above information sourced from a booklet ‘Glasgow Architectural Guide 1 c 1999.

Today, I continued with my visits to Greek Thomson designed buildings but before addressing the latest visit it is worthy of mention that Glasgow has just won the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid-which is excellent news for the City.

Holmwood House building. (1857-58) is currently closed for the winter but a visit to the site and grounds is still possible.This elaborate villa is arguably Thomson’s finest and most important residentialHolmwood House was built for beside the River Cart for the owner of a local paper mill.Thomson appears to have been the first modern architect to design houses in the Greek style asymmetrically according to Picturesque principles. Thomson designed everything in this house, including the rich polychromatic wall decoration which is now being uncovered and restored.

Here are a few images: