Basic Site Details

Name: Isle of Man Industrial Home for Orphan and Destitute Children
Town, district or village: Glencrutchery
City or county: Douglas
Country: Isle of Man
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Notes: Set on high ground overlooking Douglas, these buildings opened in 1910 and replaced the Children’s Home at Onchan. Sketch plans had been prepared by Robert A Bryden before his death. The work was then entrusted to his successors, R A Bryden and Robertson.

The committee of the Isle of Man Industrial Home for Orphan and Destitute Children have, in view of the inadequacy of their existing buildings, decided to erect new premises at Glencrutchery. The scheme now in progress consists of two cottage homes, each accommodating 40 children, one small isolation block or hospital, and a laundry and stable block. The committee originally arranged with the late Mr Robert A Bryden to prepare the plans of the proposed home and certain sketch designs were produced by him. On his decease the work was entrusted to his successors, Messrs R A Bryden and Robertson, architects, Glasgow. The successful offerer for the work was Mr Robert F Douglas of Douglas, and he has contracted for all the works. The estimated cost of the scheme is put down at about £10,000. [Builder 6 February 1909 p159]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Orphanage Orphans and destitute children's home


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119061910 Opened in 1910


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 5Andrew Francis Stewart BrydenArchitectA19061910Completed the scheme
Item 2 of 5Andrew RobertsonArchitectA19061910Completed the scheme
Item 3 of 5Bryden & RobertsonArchitectural practiceA19061910Completed the scheme
Item 4 of 5Robert Alexander BrydenArchitectA1906 (Died in 1906) Bryden had prepared sketch plans before his death
Item 5 of 5John Bothwell SteelArchitectAAfter 1908Before 1910As assistant to Bryden & Robertson


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Isle of Man Industrial Home for Orphan and Destitute Children 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1920   732

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 February 1909  p159
Item 2 of 2Builders Journal25 April 1906  Obituary of Robert Alexander Bryden

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Andrew Francis Stewart Bryden: L v16 no1152; Andrew Robertson: F no1906 (microfilm reel 16)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Bothwell Steel: L v5 no319 (microfilm reel 30)