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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Adam
Designation: Architect
Born: 1864
Died: 18 March 1947
Bio Notes: Alexander Adam was born in 1864, the son of William Adam, an ironmaster from Bainsford in Stirlingshire and his wife Catherine Ballantyne (or Valentine as on death certificate). He was articled to Bruce & Hay c.1880, subsequently joining first Baird & Thomson and then the Saracen Ironworks as a draughtsman. He studied at Glasgow School of Art for one session only from November 1887, and was then living at 56 Cavendish Street. Some time thereafter he moved to Dublin as leading draughtsman to Kay & Paterson but was back in Glasgow by 1891 commencing independent practice at 95 Bath Street in the following year. By 1894 Adam had formed a partnership with John Short specialising in tenement design, but this was dissolved by 1897, apparently as a result of Short's alcoholism. Thereafter Adam practised alone.

Adam married Agnes McArthur Wilson, the daughter of Robert Wilson, an iron moulder on 29 December 1896 at Bridge Street Station Hotel. He appears to have worked briefly in Bute in 1930-31 as his address is given as such in the RIBA Kalendar of that year. He died at 657 Edgefauld Road on 18 March 1947 of myocarditis and senility, his death being reported by his nephew Neil Adam, Bishopton.

[NB: 'Buildings of Scotland' has the firm listed as John 'Smart' and also notes an Adam Short for the Partickhill tenements near Gardner Street which should presumably be Adam & Short.]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 85, Devon Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 2 of 8164, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18931895 
Item 3 of 8212, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18971947 
Item 4 of 8119, Bowman Street, Crosshill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1897 or 1898  
Item 5 of 895, Bowman Street, Crosshill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1922 or 1923  
Item 6 of 8Ardmorag/15, Crichton Road, Craigmore, Bute, ScotlandPrivate/business1925 or 1926 *1932 or 1932Is this perhaps a holiday home?
Item 7 of 8219, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1926 * This may be a miosreading for no 212
Item 8 of 839, Thorncliffe Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1947 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Bruce & Hayc. 1880c. 1885Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Adam & ShortBefore 18941897(?)Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1James Maclaren Honeyman1913December 1914AssistantInitially part-time, but full-time from June 1914

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 8 Galvanising WorksScotstoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 81897Tenements, Roxburgh Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 81898(?)Tenements, Hyndland Road  GlasgowScotlandSome sources attribute to Adam, others to Short; their partnership had been dissolved in 1897
Item 4 of 81899Hutchesontown Parish ChurchHutchesontown GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 81901Ice Factory and Cold Store  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 81905Store and stable, Tobago Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 81913Warehouse, Gorbals Street  GlasgowScotlandAddition
Item 8 of 8Before 1923Jordanvale WorksWhiteinch GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder17 December 1898   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild References to tenements 28 April 1897


© All rights reserved. Building Industries 14 February 1920 p169 (courtesy of Iain Paterson) 

© All rights reserved. Building Industries 14 February 1920 p169 (courtesy of Iain Paterson)