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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Graham Glen |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||11 May 1891 |
|Died: ||1976 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Graham Glen was born on 11 May 1891. He served his articles with William Gardner Rowan from 1907 and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1907 to 1914. From January 1911 he was a draughtsman in the practice of Alexander McInnes Gardner, moving in 1915 to a similar post with that of Alexander Nisbet Paterson until he was called up for active service in the First World War. |
Glen was demobilised in April 1919 and joined the practice of Gardner & Crawley (he calls it George A Crawley & Partners, but that may be the name before the partnership was formed with Alexander McInnes Gardner). Glen was elected ARIBA in mid 1920, his proposers beinbg David Bateman Hutton, John Keppie and Thomas Lumsden Taylor.
Glen was a member of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and is listed with his home address in the RIBA Kalendar of 1930-31 but by 1939-40 his business address was 237 West George Street, Glasgow the address of Alexander McInnes Gardner whose partner George Crawley had by then died. Gardner died on 11 August 1934 at which time he succeeded to his practice, the title becoming McInnes Gardner Architects.
Glen's first wife, Mollie, died in childbirth (as did their child). In 1943 he married Marguerite Shields Benson. She worked for him prior to this, possibly as his secretary. Glen had retired by 1960. After his retirement Glen and his wife moved to Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.
Glen was very active in The Trades House of Glasgow, in particular the Guild of Skinners & Glovers, of which he was Deacon in 1950. Following this, he was Preses of The Grand Antiquity Society in 1961. (His involvement in the Guild came about through his grandfather, Alexander Burns Glen who was born around 1816 and died between 1891 and 1901. He was a glover and cap maker in Glasgow.)
He died in 1976 in Lamlash.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|15, Kildonan Terrace, Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1907||1910 or 1911|| |
|18, Percy Street, Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1910 or 1911||After 1914|| |
|146, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1920 *|| ||Address of Gardner & Crawley|
|2, Edmiston Drive, Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1920 *||After 1924(?)|| |
|Dunfion/114, Wedderlea Drive, Cardonald/Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1929 *||After 1935|| |
|237, West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1939 *||1941|| |
|242, West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1942||1947|| |
|223, West Gerge Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1949 *|| || |
|102, Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1950||1963|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||1 June 1951|| || ||p803|
|Builder||8 February 1952|| || ||p240|
|Builder||4 June 1954|| || ||p1007|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of Glen's grandson, Derek Glen||Information via website|| ||Sent October 2013.|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Rsearch by Iain Paterson|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A 1920 no 2974 (microfilm reel 24)|
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