Basic Biographical Details

Name: Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1890
Ended: 1962
Bio Notes:  

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4South Albion Street, GlasgowBusinessc. 1862c. 1870Municipal offices. Street numbers vary 1-11 in the various directories.
Item 2 of 474, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18741888 
Item 3 of 4City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1888  
Item 4 of 4Municipal Building, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1950 For City Engineer's Department

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 54James Bell Russell 1929Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 54Francis Clunie Scott 1952Chief Architect 
Item 3 of 54Charles Gordon O'Neillc. 18531863  
Item 4 of 54John Carrick18541890Chief ArchitectCity Architect , Master of Works, and Superintendent of Streets
Item 5 of 54John O'Neillc. 1863   
Item 6 of 54Thomas Gildard1863 or 18641895(?)Working under John Carrick, City Architect and Master of Works and from 1890 under Alexander Beith McDonald
Item 7 of 54Alexander Beith McDonald18701890AssistantWorking under John Carrick, City Architect
Item 8 of 54James Robert RhindAfter 18701880Assistant 
Item 9 of 54James H Allan1875 *   
Item 10 of 54David Valentine Wyllie18781887AssistantWorking under John Carrick, City Architect
Item 11 of 54David McBean (or David MacBean)Before 1879After 1891AssistantWorking under John Carrick and latterly Alexander Beith McDonald, City Architects
Item 12 of 54William Reid2 July 18881 May 1900AssistantUnder Alexander Beith McDonald
Item 13 of 54Alexander Beith McDonald18901914Chief ArchitectSince McDonald was more an administrator and civil engineer than an architect, the post title was changed to City Engineer when he succeeded Carrick in 1890, and to City Surveyor in 1891
Item 14 of 54David Andrew (junior)1893July 1897Assistant 
Item 15 of 54William Brown Whitie18941899AssistantWorking under Alexander Beith McDonald
Item 16 of 54William Armour Arbucklec. 1895 Assistant 
Item 17 of 54Robert William HornJanuary 18961919Architect 
Item 18 of 54A W WheatleyBefore 1896After 1899 City Engineer
Item 19 of 54George Donaldson CoplandMarch 1898May 1903Assistant 
Item 20 of 54William Salmond18991902AssistantWorking under Alexander Beith McDonald
Item 21 of 54William SharpBefore 1899After 1902Assistant 
Item 22 of 54John Alfred Taylor HoustonApril 19011915AssistantUnder Alexander Beith MacDonald, City Architect, Engineer & Surveyor
Item 23 of 54John Hogg Ferrie1902c. 1905(?)Apprentice 
Item 24 of 54Thomas Gilchrist GilmourJuly 1903After 1928Architect 
Item 25 of 54John Hogg Ferriec. 1905(?)June 1926Assistant 
Item 26 of 54(Colonel) George Hunter Gardner-McLean19121915Assistant 
Item 27 of 54Thomas Barclay5 August 19121917Apprentice 
Item 28 of 54William Walter LackieBefore 1912After 1914Engineer 
Item 29 of 54Thomas Nisbet19141924 City Engineer and Master of Works
Item 30 of 54William Sharp1914Early 1920sChief AssistantDescribed as retired City Architect on the register of deaths, 1929.
Item 31 of 54Robert William Horn19191923ArchitectChief Housing Architect
Item 32 of 54John Alfred Taylor HoustonBefore 19201927Chief Architect 
Item 33 of 54Alexander Hodge Livingstone19211926Apprentice 
Item 34 of 54Thomas Jack19221929Assistant(?) 
Item 35 of 54Forbes Murison19221931Assistant 
Item 36 of 54Robert William Horn19231928ArchitectAssistant Director of Housing
Item 37 of 54George William Robertson19241927AssistantAs Resident Architectural Assistant at Mearnskirk Sanatorium
Item 38 of 54Thomas Peter Miller Somers19251941 City Engineer and Master of Works
Item 39 of 54Alexander Hodge Livingstone1926After 1931Assistant 
Item 40 of 54Robert William Horn1928 Director 
Item 41 of 54Forbes Murison1931 Assistant(?) 
Item 42 of 54James Kernohan19311936Apprentice 
Item 43 of 54George Annand19351936Assistant 
Item 44 of 54James Kernohan1936After 1937Assistant 
Item 45 of 54Gordon Buchanan Biggar19361939Assistant 
Item 46 of 54Walter Neil Wilson Ramsay19361940Assistant 
Item 47 of 54Archibald Hunter McCartney (sometimes misspelt MacCartney)1939 Assistant Architect1st grade architectural assistant
Item 48 of 54Alexander Buchanan Campbell1940 Assistant 
Item 49 of 54George Annand1940 *  role unclear
Item 50 of 54Robert Forsyth1951 Architect 
Item 51 of 54James MacMillan (or McMillan) RiddetBefore 1951 *After 1956Architect 
Item 52 of 54Alexander Hodge Livingstone1961 ArchitectCity Architect
Item 53 of 54William Dewhurst Worden19771985Chief Architect 
Item 54 of 54Christopher Purslow1985 Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 101 Hutchesontown LibraryHutchesontown GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 2 of 101 Oran Street Housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 101 Weir and Pipe Bridge over the River ClydeGlasgow Green GlasgowScotlandReconstruction with Robert Bruce as City Engineer.
Item 4 of 1011890 or 1894(?)McLennan Arch  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction of centre piece of Robert and James Adam's Assembly Rooms
Item 5 of 1011891Police Barracks, Clyde Street  GlasgowScotlandAlexander Beith McDonald responsible
Item 6 of 1011892Ruchill Hospital for Infectious Diseases  GlasgowScotlandWith A B McDonald as City Surveyor
Item 7 of 1011892Springburn Fire StationSpringburn GlasgowScotlandCorner block with A B McDonald as as Glasgow City Surveyor
Item 8 of 101After 1895City Improvement Trust housing schemes  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 101After 1895Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandVarious internal alterations
Item 10 of 101After 1895Hutchesontown Bowl House and ShelterHutchesontown GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 101After 1895Offices for Shieldhall Outfall WorksSheildhall GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 101After 1895Partick Pumping StationPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 101After 1895St George's Tron Church  GlasgowScotlandInternal alterations
Item 14 of 101After 1895St Rollox Police StationSt Rollox GlasgowScotlandInternal alterations
Item 15 of 101After 1895Tollcross Mansion HouseTollcross GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 1011896Bellahouston Park  GlasgowScotlandLayout - A B McDonald responsible, as City Surveyor
Item 17 of 1011896Maryhill Public Baths and WashhousesMaryhill GlasgowScotlandAlexander Beith McDonald responsible, as City Surveyor
Item 18 of 1011897Hutchesontown Public Baths and WashhousesHutchesontown GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 1011898Springburn Public Baths and WashhousesSpringburn GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 1011899Kennedy Street Public Baths and Washhouses  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 1011899Stobcross Public Baths and WashhousesStobcross GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 1011899Whitevale Street Baths  GlasgowScotlandWith McDonald and Sharp in City Surveyor's office
Item 23 of 1011900Bain Square Public Baths and Washhouses  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 1011901Bellahouston Park  GlasgowScotlandExtension - A B McDonald responsible, as City Surveyor
Item 25 of 1011901Govan Public Baths and WashhousesGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 101After 1901City Halls and BazaarCandleriggs GlasgowScotlandInternal alterations and new 60-ft-long Austrian oak organ case for City Hall - J A T Houston responsible
Item 27 of 101After 1901Glasgow Botanic Garden, bridge over the River Kelvin  GlasgowScotlandJ A T Houston responsible
Item 28 of 101After 1901Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandRemodelling of Council Chamber - J A T Houston responsible
Item 29 of 101After 1901Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandDecoration of room for Lord Provost - J A T Houston responsible
Item 30 of 101After 1901Kelvingrove Park, bridge over the River KelvinKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandJ A T Houston responsible
Item 31 of 1011902Cheese Market building  GlasgowScotlandWith A B McDonald as City Surveyor
Item 32 of 1011903Bellahouston Park  GlasgowScotlandExtension - A B McDonald responsible, as City Surveyor
Item 33 of 1011904Kingston Halls and Public Library and police office  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 1011905Queen's Park Glasshouses  GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 1011907Bellahouston Park  GlasgowScotlandGate lodge and retiring rooms - J A T Houston responsible, under supervision of A B McDonald
Item 36 of 1011907City Halls and BazaarCandleriggs GlasgowScotlandWarehouses and cheese market (fireproof construction), extension of fruit market and renovation of vegetable market - J A T Houston responsible
Item 37 of 1011910Ruchill Hospital for Infectious Diseases  GlasgowScotlandThree further pavilions (with A B McDonald As City Surveyor)
Item 38 of 1011910Ruchill Hospital for Infectious Diseases  GlasgowScotlandTuberculosis pavilion (with A B McDonald As City Surveyor)
Item 39 of 101c. 1910Glasgow Public Halls  GlasgowScotlandAdditions; alterations and remodelling of Grand Hall; new Austrian oak organ case
Item 40 of 1011912Calder Street Public Baths and WashhousesGovanhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 1011913Kelvingrove Park, Children's Shelter  GlasgowScotlandWith McDonald as City Surveyor
Item 42 of 1011913Police Barracks, Clyde Street  GlasgowScotlandExtension - Alexander Beith McDonald responsible
Item 43 of 1011913Riddrie Housing EstateRiddrie GlasgowScotland 
Item 44 of 1011914Glasgow Art Gallery and MuseumKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandNew south approaches, Italian Garden and alterations to main front - A B McDonald and J A T Houston responsible
Item 45 of 1011915Couper Institute and libraryCathcart GlasgowScotlandExtension and alteration
Item 46 of 1011918Tenement block and two-storey cottage flats, Royston Square and Royston Road  GlasgowScotlandWith Thomas Nisbet as City Engineer
Item 47 of 1011920Govan Baths and WashhouseGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 48 of 101c. 1920Glasgow Housing competition, Mosspark housing estateMosspark GlasgowScotland 
Item 49 of 101c. 1920Public Baths and washhousePollokshaws GlasgowScotland 
Item 50 of 1011921Elder Public LibraryGovan GlasgowScotlandAlterations at rear. With Nisbet as City Engineer
Item 51 of 1011921Mearnskirk SanatoriumNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 52 of 1011921Shettleston Hall and Public LibraryShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 53 of 1011923Whiteinch Baths and WashhousesWhiteinch GlasgowScotland 
Item 54 of 1011923Whiteinch District LibraryWhiteinch GlasgowScotlandDesign by Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour; T P M Somers as Glasgow City Engineer supervising work
Item 55 of 1011924King George V Bridge  GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 56 of 1011924(?)Shettleston Baths and WashhousesShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 57 of 1011925Killermont Bridge  GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 58 of 1011925Partick Library  GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 59 of 1011925Woodside Halls  GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 60 of 1011926Kelvin Hall  GlasgowScotlandDesign by Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour; T P M Somers as Glasgow City Engineer supervising work
Item 61 of 1011930Baths and washhouses  GlasgowScotlandProbably with T Somers as Chief Engineer and Master of Works
Item 62 of 1011930Cranstonhill Public BathsCranstonhill GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 63 of 1011930Gorbals Public Library, South Portland Street and Norfolk StreetGorbals GlasgowScotlandWith T Somers as City Engineer
Item 64 of 1011930LibraryPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as chief City Engineer
Item 65 of 1011930North West area fire station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 66 of 1011930Riddrie SchoolRiddrie GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 67 of 1011931Bus Garage, KnightswoodKnightswood GlasgowScotland 
Item 68 of 1011931Kelvin Hall  GlasgowScotlandAdditions - with Somers as City Engineer
Item 69 of 1011931Medical Officer's House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 70 of 1011931Stobhill HospitalSpringburn GlasgowScotlandAdministration block and staff accomodation (to west of entrance) converted into nurses' home - with Somers as City Engineer
Item 71 of 1011931Strathclyde Omnibus Depot, Great Western RoadAnniesland GlasgowScotland... as Glasgow Corporation Engineers' Office
Item 72 of 1011932City Halls and BazaarCandleriggs GlasgowScotlandAlterations to fruitmarket- with Somers as Master of Works
Item 73 of 1011932Mile End Baths  GlasgowScotland 
Item 74 of 1011933Corporation Police GarageGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 75 of 1011933Cowglen Infectious Diseases Hospital  GlasgowScotlandT P M Somers responsible, as City Engineer
Item 76 of 1011933Old Southern Police Station  GlasgowScotlandWith Somers in charge
Item 77 of 1011934Lambhill Bridge  GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 78 of 1011934Riddrie LibraryRiddrie GlasgowScotlandWith Thomas Somers as Chief Engineer and Master of Works
Item 79 of 1011935High School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 80 of 1011935Pollokshields Burgh HallMaxwell Park GlasgowScotlandAlterations - with Somers as Burgh Engineer
Item 81 of 101After 1935Queen's Park Police Station and Fire Station  GlasgowScotlandRed brick corner range added
Item 82 of 101c. 1935Telephone Exchange, Centre StreetTradeston GlasgowScotland 
Item 83 of 1011936Health CentrePossilpark GlasgowScotlandWith Thomas Peter Miller Somers as engineer
Item 84 of 1011937Gartloch Hospital, new nurses' homeGartcosh GlasgowScotlandThomas P M Somers as City Engineer
Item 85 of 1011937Knightswood Community CentreKnightswood GlasgowScotlandWith Somers as City Engineer
Item 86 of 1011938Kelvin Hall  GlasgowScotlandAdditions - with Somers as City Engineer
Item 87 of 1011938Springburn Fire StationSpringburn GlasgowScotlandBlock fronting onto Keppochhill Road -with Somers as Glasgow City Surveyor
Item 88 of 101After 1939Boilerhouse for Markets' Department, Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotlandWith Barclay as architect during WW2
Item 89 of 101After 1939Brenachoil Lodge, Loch Katrine Water WorksLoch Katrine StirlingshireScotlandWith Barclay as architect
Item 90 of 1011942Corporation clinic, Brown Street and Broomielaw corner  GlasgowScotlandWith Robert Bruce as Glasgow Master of Works and City Engineer.
Item 91 of 1011950Five Tanks with Equipment, ShieldhallShieldhall GlasgowScotland 
Item 92 of 1011950Moss Heights Housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 93 of 1011951Fire Station, Cathelton Street  GlasgowScotlandAs City Engineer's Department
Item 94 of 1011951Shelter/Car Park, Balman Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 95 of 1011951Shelter/Car Park, Blythswood Square  GlasgowScotland 
Item 96 of 1011952Baths, Collins StreetTownhead GlasgowScotlandJames MacMillan Riddet responsible for alterations and additions
Item 97 of 1011954Kingston Baths and WashhouseGorbals GlasgowScotland 
Item 98 of 1011956Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area A Housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 99 of 1011970Darnley Housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 100 of 1011971St Stephen's Primary SchoolSighthill GlasgowScotland 
Item 101 of 1011985Queen's Cross East and West Housing  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp99 Hutchesontown Area A
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp222 in relation to Hutchesontown CDA
p228 Moss Heights
p322 Darnley, Glasgow

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder10 November 1950  p483
Item 2 of 3Builder12 January 1951  p87
Item 3 of 3Builder30 March 1951  p469

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Mitchell LibraryGlasgow City ArchivesDean of Guild Court1931/53