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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Chalmers |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1858 |
|Died: ||18 May 1927 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Chalmers was born at 14 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow in 1858, the son of James Chalmers, boot and shoe manufacturer, and his wife Helen McLaren. He commenced practice there c.1882. Information on his early career is lacking, but he seems to have some connection with Alexander George Thomson, and by 1884 his firm had a branch office in Bloomgate, Lanark. He was in partnership with Andrew Robson from 1885 as Chalmers & Robson; this partnership was dissolved by 1889. |
Chalmers's practice consisted largely of episcopal church work although he himself was latterly a member of Sherbrooke Church in Pollokshields. Professor William James Smith remembered him as a prominent lay preacher in the early 1900s. Most of his work is in a simple Romanesque idiom similar to that of Peter McGregor Chalmers, to whom he does not seem to have been related.
Chalmers married Jessie Keith McAllan (of Bonhill) on 9 July 1885 at the Cockburn Hotel, Bath Street; they had a daughter, Annie, later Mrs Durrant.
He died of arterio sclerosis at 7 Cromwell Square, Glasgow on 18 May 1927, leaving moveable estate of £417 14s 7d.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|113, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1883||1885 or 1886|| |
|116, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1884 or 1885 *|| || |
|101, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1886 or 1887||1889 or 1890|| |
|9, Leslie Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1887||After 1891|| |
|93, Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1895||After 1914|| |
|7, Cromwell Square, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1920||1927|| |
|209, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1929 or 1930 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Chalmers & Robson||1885||Before 1889||Partner|| |
Employees or Pupils
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Aitken, Peter, Cunningham, Cameron and McCutcheon, Bob||1984||The Homesteads: Stirling's Garden Suburb|| || || |
|Paterson, Iain||2001||Hillcrest, 26 Wedderlea Drive, Cardonald, Glasgow|| ||Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, no 80, Spring 2001|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Research by Iain Paterson|
© All rights reserved. Quiz 27 June 1895 (Feature on Industrial Exposition Series and Scottish Fete, Glasgow, 1895) (Courtesy of Iain Paterson)