Basic Site Details

Name: R F & J Alexander's Cotton Spinning Mill
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The new Great Eastern Hotel situated in Duke Street is now open. Designed with the object of providing respectable men with lodgings at cheap rates, the building contains 400 bedrooms, lounge and reception room, dining room and restaurant, billiards room with eight tables, reading and writing room, barberís shop etc. A feature is a roller skating rink in connection with the establishment, laid with maple floor and 200 feet in length. The building is fireproof throughout and has two large staircases besides an electric lift running from the basement to the top floor. Mr Neil C Duff was the architect. [Builder 29 May 1909 Page 653]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Great Eastern HotelYes 
Item 2 of 2James Alexander's Cotton Thread Mill  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Mill  
Item 2 of 2Hotel  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2100, Duke StreetYes 
Item 2 of 21,3 , Duke Wynd  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31848  Original building
Item 2 of 319071909 Top floors converted to Great Eastern Hotel
Item 3 of 32009 Alteration/conversionConverted to flats with additional residential properties within the grounds.


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 3Charles WilsonArchitect 18481849Original building, unusual use of iron
Item 2 of 3David Henry HunterArchitectB19071909Top floors converted to Great Eastern Hotel - as chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 3 of 3Neil Campbell DuffArchitectB19071909Top floors converted to Great Eastern Hotel


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Alexander, R F & JOriginal mill


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Hume, John R1974Industrial Archaeology of Glasgow Glasgow & London: BlackieG53
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)  p154

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder29 May 1909XCVI p653 Refers to hotel as if it were a new work

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33828 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Henry Hunter: L v1 no84 (microfilm reel 29)