Basic Biographical Details

Name: Boswell & Macintyre (or Boswell & McIntyre)
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1906
Ended: Before 1910
Bio Notes: George Arthur Boswell was born in 1879, the son of James Boswell draper and Isabella Vallence. In June 1895 he was articled to William Edwards of Wolverhampton, remaining there as assistant until 1901. In the latter year he moved to the office of Messrs Welman and Street (Samuel Welman) of Godalming, Surrey, and finally in 1902 to James Miller's in Glasgow before setting up in practice at that city in 1905. In the following year he was working in partnership with James Macintyre (or McIntyre - sources vary), of whom no details are known. The partnership appears to have been short-lived, their only known work being the reconstruction of the former Britannia Music Hall in Trongate, Glasgow to form the Panopticon. The client for this was the building's new owner A E Pickard - "a 'character' who drove a Buick with a windscreen which could only be seen out of so that the car apparently travelled along Sauchiehall Street driverless… he discharged his accounts in threepenny pieces in canvas bags". Within a few years Boswell had established himself as a cinema specialist, with Pickard as his main client. Boswell's early work was strongly influenced by Miller, particularly in the use of faience, his best cinema being the La Scala in Dundee which had a tower surmounted by a golden globe. Boswell apparently continued to assist Miller during his earliest years of independent practice as Ninian Johnston, who joined the practice c.1931, knew that Boswell had been largely responsible for James Miller's New Savoy Theatre in Hope Street (1911), also carried out in faience.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 253, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1906 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2George Arthur Boswellc. 1906Before 1910Partner 
Item 2 of 2James Macintyre (or McIntyre)c. 1906Before 1910Partner 

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 11906Campbell's Music Salon  GlasgowScotlandAlterations for cinema use. Proposed new staircases - plans submitted to Dean of Guild 1906


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.