Basic Biographical Details

Name: Brown & Carrick
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1839
Ended: c. 1854
Bio Notes: The Glasgow firm of Brown & Carrick was founded in 1839. James Brown was born in 1813 but nothing is known of his early years. John Carrick was born on 'the banks of the Carron' at Denny, Stirlingshire on 6 May 1819. His parents moved to Glasgow in 1823, and in 1831 he was articled to John Bryce, moving c.1836 to the office of John Herbertson as an assistant. After a short spell south of the border to gain experience he became James Brown's partner at the early age of twenty.

In 1844 Carrick obtained the appointment of Superintendent of Streets in the room of a Mr Hume who had resigned, but retained his partnership in Brown and Carrick. The office was then lodged in the jail in Saltmarket and the staff consisted only of Carrick and one clerk, but in the same year he succeded Herbertson as prison architect and the Superintendent's post in time became Master of Works and City Architect.

Brown & Carrick's most important commission was the 13,000 'United Presbyterian Cathedral' in Renfield Street of 1849, a very competent essay in Westminster Palace neo Tudor. In the same year, although still in partnership with Carrick, Brown collaborated with John Thomas Rochead on the Great Western Road terraces. Brown & Carrick are said to have carried out a great deal of good quality tenement work, but in 1854 the partnership was dissolved as Carrick was increasingly engaged in civic duties. In 1855 Brown inherited the estate of Currie at Gorebridge, and had to spend time on the management of his estate, but he maintained a small private practice from Currie House, where he died 6 July 1878.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2144, Queen Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18441845 
Item 2 of 29, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1851  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4James Brown1839c. 1854Partner 
Item 2 of 4John Carrick1839c. 1854Partner 
Item 3 of 4John Grahame Peatc. 1845(?)1853Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4James Thomsonc. 18491854Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 141840Property at Eglinton and William StreetsHutchesontown GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 141842Sandyford Place  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 141844Corn Exchange  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 4 of 141844Monument to Buchanan of Dowanhill  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 141845Wee KirkHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 6 of 141846Polmont Free ChurchPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 141847Pollokshaws UP ChurchPollokshaws GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 141849Free Church Eglinton Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 141849Renfield Street UP Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 141850Free Church, Paterson and Morrison Streets  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 141850Orr and Sons  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 141851Glasgow Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandRemoval of mound, new porch.
Item 13 of 141854Glasgow Sailors' HomeBroomielaw GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 14Before 1857(?)Monument to Stewart of Omoa  GlasgowScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 4Edwards, Brian1990First architect of the second city RIBAJ, pp52-56 
Item 3 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 4Withey, K Matthew2003The Glasgow Improvement Trust: an analysis of its genesis, impact and legacy and an inventory of its buildings PhD thesis 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Bailie17 July 1878   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Mitchell LibraryGildard's manuscript reminiscences of John Carrick