Lost Thomson: Glasgow's Loss @ Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow [21 September]

Lost Thomson: Glasgow's Loss


63
21
September
18:00 - 20:00

 Facebook event page
Glasgow Art Club
185 Bath Street, G2 4HU Glasgow, United Kingdom
Lost Thomson: Glasgow's Loss
Thursday 21 September, 6pm
£10 (£5 discounted rate for members of the Glasgow Art Club)

In his bicentenary year, Fiona Sinclair gives an insightful talk on the lost works of the eminent architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.

Please arrive at 6pm for a welcome drink, with the talk commencing at 6.30pm sharp.

Alexander Thomson was born in Balfron, Stirlingshire, on 9th April 1817 and died in Glasgow on 22nd March 1875 at his home at no.1 Moray Place in the terrace he had himself designed.
Thomson was extremely successful with a large clientele for medium-sized villas and terraces of cottages in Pollokshields, Shawlands, Crossmyloof, Cathcart, Langbank, Bothwell and Cove and Kilcreggan.

In his day, Thomson was conspicuous for his originality in producing a distinctive modern architecture from the lessons and precedents provided by the Greeks, Egyptians and other ancient civilisations, and made extensive use of new materials like cast-iron and plate-glass.

His personal Graeco-Egyptian style was almost entirely confined to Glasgow, where he designed commercial warehouses, blocks of tenements, terraces of houses, suburban villas and three extraordinary Presbyterian churches, of which the St. Vincent Street Church is the only intact survivor.

Other important works still standing include Moray Place, Great Western Terrace, Egyptian Halls in Union Street, Grecian Buildings in Sauchiehall Street, and his villa, Holmwood, at Cathcart, which is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Whilst a wealth of Thomson buildings remain there are also a significant number that have been tragically lost over the years. The reasons for these losses are several, from Thomson demolishing his own buildings – as with the Scottish Exhibition Rooms on Bath Street, through to bombing during World War II – as with Queens Park Church(pictured). The most common reason for the loss of these buildings however was redevelopment during the 1960s and 70s.

The losses were primarily tenemental properties spread throughout the city, however also included were two hotels, a printing works, a sculpture yard and two churches; Chalmers Memorial Free Church in the Gorbals and Queen’s Park Church.

Following his death in 1875, a marble bust of the architect by John Mossman was presented to the Corporation (now in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery) and the Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship established, of which the second winner was Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Source: alexanderthomsonsociety.org

A map of the 'lost' buildings can be viewed at alexanderthomsonsociety.org.uk/?p=5376

Fiona Sinclair, is a Glasgow based architect and author with a passion for historic buildings.

Please book via eventbrite.co.uk/e/lost-thomson-glasgows-loss-tickets-36510532987

****Members of GAC should book via the Club, not via the eventbrite.*****

Image:
Queen's Park Church 1910 (architect: Alexander Thomson) Courtesy of The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Discussion
image
Only registered users may comment.
Pass a quick registration or authorization.

Upcoming events @ Glasgow Art Club:

Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh: Architects to the GAC
Glasgow Art Club
Glasgow Tango Winter Ball 2017
Glasgow Art Club
Pre-milonga workshop with Jenny and Ricardo Oria
Glasgow Art Club

The most anticipated events in Glasgow :

Pizza & Prosecco Festival Glasgow - Sold Out
SWG3
Halloween in Glasgow 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Paulo Nutini | Paisley • Glasgow
Paisley Abbey
Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On
Paisley Town centre
Etsy Made Local 2017 - Glasgow -2nd and 3rd December
The Briggait
Steps
The SSE Hydro
Metallica
The SSE Hydro
Elf The Musical
King's and Theatre Royal Glasgow
Paisley Halloween Festival
Paisley Town centre
The most popular events in your news feed!