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Basic Site Details

Name: Glasgow General Post Office
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Wilson's elevations formerly in possession of J Hepburn.
The southern section of the General Post Office on Ingram Street is on the site of the old Atheneum by R & J Adam.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Post office  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 41-7, George SquareYes 
Item 2 of 44, Hanover StreetYes 
Item 3 of 4192-208, Ingram StreetYes 
Item 4 of 45, South Frederick StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618521852 Wilson's design
Item 2 of 618751878Build/constructionNew building on old site
Item 3 of 6Before 1875 Destruction/demolition 
Item 4 of 618921894 Rebuilding of central part facing Ingram Street, on site of Atheneum
Item 5 of 629 December 1892 Journal referenceIngram Street section 'just completed'
Item 6 of 619111916 Addition of side blocks (steel and reinforced concrete)

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 12Charles WilsonArchitect 18521853Competition design. Work started on site . See Glasgow Herald 9 December 1853.
Item 2 of 12Frederick Humphrey GrovesArchitect 1854 Groves prepared plans in place of Wilson's (replaced by Burn). A fatal accident on the building site may be related to Groves or Burn being appointed.
Item 3 of 12William BurnArchitect 18541855Won commission
Item 4 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA18751878New building (with Matheson as Architect for Scotland in the Office of Works)
Item 5 of 12Robert MathesonArchitectA18751877New building (Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works)
Item 6 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceB18921894Rebuilding of central part facing Ingram Street, on site of Atheneum (with Oldrieve as architect with particular responsibility for Post Office buildings, working under Walter Wood Robertson, Architect for Scotland)
Item 7 of 12Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectB18921894Rebuilding of central part facing Ingram Street, on site of Atheneum (with Oldrieve as architect with particular responsibility for Post Office buildings, working under Walter Wood Robertson, Architect for Scotland)
Item 8 of 12William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)ArchitectB18921894Rebuilding of central part facing Ingram Street, on site of Atheneum (as architect with particular responsibility for Post Office buildings, working under Walter Wood Robertson, Architect for Scotland)
Item 9 of 12David Webster RobertsonArchitectC1911After 1914Addition of side blocks (steel and reinforced concrete) - as assistant to W T Oldrieve in H M Office of Works
Item 10 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceC19111916Addition of side blocks (steel and reinforced concrete) - commenced by W T Oldrieve, completed by C J W Simpson, as successive Architects for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 11 of 12William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)ArchitectC19111914Addition of side blocks (steel and reinforced concrete) - commenced by W T Oldrieve, completed by C J W Simpson, as successive Architects for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 12 of 12Cecil John William SimpsonArchitectC19141916Addition of side blocks (steel and reinforced concrete) - commenced by W T Oldrieve, completed by C J W Simpson, as successive Architects for Scotland in H M Office of Works

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 4Sinclair, Fiona J, ed1995Charles Wilson Architect 1810-1863: A Question of Style Glasgow: Park Circus Promotions, 1995p23
Item 3 of 4Thomson, David1882Memoir of Charles Wilson13 March 1882Proceedings of the Glasgow Philosophical Society 
Item 4 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p166

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8British Architect2 September 1892  Robertson's work
Item 2 of 8Builder29 December 1894LXVII p478
Item 3 of 8Builder1914CVI or CVII p359 (extensions by Oldrieve) CHECK date
Item 4 of 8Building Chronicle10 May 1854  p10
Item 5 of 8Glasgow Herald9 December 1853   
Item 6 of 8Glasgow Herald1 May 1857   
Item 7 of 8Glasgow Herald29 May 1857   
Item 8 of 8The Bailie27 July 1910  For 1910 work

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32685 
Item 2 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Webster Robertson: L v25 no2074; Walter Wood Robertson: F v18 p9 no1179 (microfilm reel 12)
Item 3 of 3Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 1/1154 (1890 plan by W W Robertson)

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