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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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 915, Kildonan Terrace, Ibrox, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19071910 or 1911 
Item 2 of 918, Percy Street, Ibrox, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 or 1911After 1914 
Item 3 of 9146, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1920 * Address of Gardner & Crawley
Item 4 of 92, Edmiston Drive, Ibrox, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1920 *After 1924(?) 
Item 5 of 9Dunfion/114, Wedderlea Drive, Cardonald/Ibrox, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1929 *After 1935 
Item 6 of 9237, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1939 *1941 
Item 7 of 9242, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19421947 
Item 8 of 9223, West Gerge Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1949 *  
Item 9 of 9102, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19501963 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6William Gardner Rowan19071911Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Alexander McInnes Gardner1911 Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 6Alexander Nisbet Paterson1915 Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 6Gardner & Crawley1919c. 1920Chief Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 6Alexander McInnes Gardner1920Before 1934  
Item 6 of 6A McInnes Gardner & PartnersBefore 1950 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3David Bateman HuttonJune 1920For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John KeppieJune 1920For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Lumsden TaylorJune 1920For Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 51928Dunfion, 114 Wedderlea DriveCardonald GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 51938Glenburn HydropathicRothesayButeButeScotlandModernisation
Item 3 of 51951Cardonald Saw Mills  GlasgowScotlandFor additions
Item 4 of 51952Factory, Arc Manufacturing Co Ltd  GlasgowScotlandPlans for new factory in hand
Item 5 of 51954Premises of W E MacCrae Ltd, Sutherland Avenue  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder1 June 1951  p803
Item 2 of 3Builder8 February 1952  p240
Item 3 of 3Builder4 June 1954  p1007

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Glen's grandson, Derek GlenInformation via website Sent October 2013.
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Rsearch by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A 1920 no 2974 (microfilm reel 24)


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Derek Glen 

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