Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gardner & Millar
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1905
Ended: 1912
Bio Notes: Alexander McInnes Gardner was born at New Kilpatrick on 21 September 1878, the son of Robert Gardner, bleach work warehouseman, and his wife Jane McInnes. He was articled to A Lindsay Miller of Glasgow in 1893, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art and winning a number of prizes and medals. In 1898 he left Lindsay Miller to work with Malcolm Stark in the Glasgow office of Stark & Rowntree as an assistant. Stark's failing health and descent into alcoholism caused the partnership to be dissolved in 1899, and Gardner moved to the office of James Miller. After two years there he re-joined Fred Rowntree in London, and after a further two years he returned to work again for James Miller in Glasgow, where he commenced practice on his own account in 1905 at 144 St Vincent Street, Glasgow in partnership with Thomas Andrew Millar, whom he had met in James Miller's office. Millar was born in 1880, educated at Glasgow Academy, articled to Baird & Thomson from 1898 to 1902 and studied at Glasgow School of Art under William James Anderson and Alexander McGibbon. He then went on a study tour of Italy for four months and returned to become a draughtsman in James Miller's office. Whilst there he made two visits to Spain, Gardner spending two months studying in Italy in autumn 1910.

Both partners were admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. In addition to their known works, Millar's nomination papers mention 'a considerabal [sic] amount of remodelling of commercial property in Glasgow'. The partnership was amicably dissolved in 1912.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1144, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19051912(?) 

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 2Alexander McInnes Gardner19051912Partner 
Item 2 of 2Thomas Andrew Millar19051912Draughtsman 

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 21Late 1800sSea MillSeamill AyrshireScotlandPossibly villas by this practice
Item 2 of 211905McGilvray's BuildingsOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 3 of 211905Palace HotelOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 4 of 211905Tenement, 18 Battery PlaceRothesayButeButeScotland 
Item 5 of 211905Woodlands HouseSymington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 21After 1905RosebankLargs AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 7 of 21After 1905WestertonMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandInterior decoration
Item 8 of 21c. 1905BirkwoodSymington LanarkshireScotlandAttribution on grounds of stylistic similarity to Woodlands, Symington.
Item 9 of 21c. 1905CarltonSymington LanarkshireScotlandAttribution on stylistic grounds - by comparison with Woodlands.
Item 10 of 211906House at Jaegersfontein  Jaegersfontein/JagersfonteinSouth AfricaDesign exhibited
Item 11 of 211906LochgreenSouthwood, Troon AyrshireScotlandExecuted house
Item 12 of 211906Tea House, 144 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 211907Bankell HouseMilngavie (near) StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 211907Boghall HouseBaldernock StirlingshireScotlandMillar responsible, for himself
Item 15 of 211907House for Neil A L McEachranThorntonhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 211907Scottish National Exhibition, 1908Saughton EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 17 of 211910The Meadow, SeamillWest Kilbride AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 211910UF ManseWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 19 of 21c. 1910ArdnachoilleNewtonmore Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 20 of 211912Clydebank Public LibraryClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 21 of 21c. 1912(?)Unspecified country house and garden    Design exhibited in 1913 but under the name of Gardner & Millar, the practice having been dissolved the previous year


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.