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Basic Site Details

Name: City and County Buildings and second Merchants' House
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of erection and site of buildings in Wilson Street: 37,000. Cost of Council Chambers of 1873: 50,812. Cost of reconstruction as Sheriff Courts in 1890s: 48,000. Superseded by William Young buildings in George Square (see separate entry for Glasgow Municipal Buildings).

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1National Gallery of Scottish Art and DesignYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2County buildings  
Item 2 of 2Gallery National Gallery of Scottish Art and Design

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 4Brunswick StreetYesEastern extension
Item 2 of 4Hutcheson StreetYesCentral western section - second Merchants' House.
Item 3 of 4Ingram StreetYesNorthern section - Council Chambers and Municipal Offices
Item 4 of 440-50, Wilson StreetYesSouthern section

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81841  Winning competition design for City and County buildings and Merchant's House
Item 2 of 818421844 Construction of City and County buildings and Merchant's House
Item 3 of 818 November 1842  Foundation stone laid of City and County buildings and Merchant's House
Item 4 of 818681871 Additions to Brunswick Street frontage. Merchant's House incorporated into County Buildings
Item 5 of 818711874 Northern section - Council Chambers and Municipal Offices in Ingram Street
Item 6 of 824 February 1874 OpenedOpening of northern section - Council Chambers and Municipal Offices in Ingram Street
Item 7 of 8After 1897Before 1906 Reconstruction incorporating former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings
Item 8 of 81931 Alteration/conversionRestoration and renovation of Sheriff Court House

People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 20Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceA18421848S & W sections including second Merchants' House
Item 2 of 20George Bell IArchitectA18421848S & W sections including second Merchants' House
Item 3 of 20William ClarkeArchitectA18421848S & W sections including second Merchants' House
Item 4 of 20Cousin & GaleArchitectural practiceB1842 Unsuccessful competition designs
Item 5 of 20David CousinArchitectB1842 Unsuccessful competition designs
Item 6 of 20William GaleEngineerB1842 Unsuccessful competition designs
Item 7 of 20Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceC18681871Additions to the east (Brunswick Street)
Item 8 of 20George Bell IArchitectC18681871Additions to the east (Brunswick Street)
Item 9 of 20William ClarkeArchitectC18681871Additions to the east (Brunswick Street)
Item 10 of 20Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceD18711874Northern section - Council Chambers and Municipal Offices in Ingram Street
Item 11 of 20George Bell IArchitectD18711874Northern section - Council Chambers and Municipal Offices in Ingram Street
Item 12 of 20William ClarkeArchitectD18711874Northern section - Council Chambers and Municipal Offices in Ingram Street
Item 13 of 20Allan Ferguson DuncanArchitectE1892(?)Before 1903Reconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts - as apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 14 of 20Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceE1892Before 1906Reconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts
Item 15 of 20George Bell IIArchitectE1892Before 1906Reconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts
Item 16 of 20George Donaldson CoplandArchitectE1892(?)Before 1898Reconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts - as apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 17 of 20James Hoey CraigieArchitectEAfter 18951906Reconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts - as principal assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 18 of 20Alexander Nisbet MalcolmArchitectE1897Before 1906Reconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts - as apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 19 of 20Clarke & Bell & J H CraigieArchitectural practiceK1931 Restoration and renovation of Sheriff Court House
Item 20 of 20James Hoey CraigieArchitectK1931 Restoration and renovation of Sheriff Court House

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 5RSA1842   476
Item 3 of 5RSA1846   514
Item 4 of 5Stevenson, D M, et al.1914Municipal Glasgow: its evolution and enterprises Glasgow: Corporation of the City of Glasgowp27
Item 5 of 5Writers of Eminence1872The history of Glasgow from the earliest to the present times Glasgow, John Tweedp1074

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architect and Building News1931Jan-Jun p453
Item 2 of 3Building News19 May 1871   
Item 3 of 3Building News26 February 1892  Reconstruction of Ingram Street frontage as Sheriff Courts

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Glasgow Planning Department (?)Glasgow Town Clerk's Department Drawings  
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32807 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Copies of Glasgow Town Clerk's plans - D T-C 487/A-J; 487 J-T
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Bell II: F v17 p69 no1131 (microfilm reel 12); George Donaldson Copland: L v16 no 1194; James Hoey Craigie: L v17 no1201; Allan Ferguson Duncan: L v17 no1236; Alexander Nisbet Malcolm: L v19 no1446

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