Basic Site Details

Name: David Elder Infirmary
Town, district or village: Govan
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost: 42,000. Includes cottages in Moss Road.

After a number of delays, the David Elder Infirmary was built between 1925 and 1927 as part of a bequest by the shipowner Alexander Elder(1834-1915) of Southport, one of the founders of the Elder Dempster Line and the British and African Steam Navigation Company. Managed by the Board of Glasgow Western Infirmary, the hospital provided accident and emergency treatment for workers in the nearby shipyards until its closure in the 1980s.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Langlands RoadYes 
Item 2 of 3Moss Road  
Item 3 of 3Shieldhall Road  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319241927  
Item 2 of 3May 1925 Plans submitted to Dean of Guild 
Item 3 of 31930  New ward


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 8Alexander SmellieArchitectA19241927 
Item 2 of 8Andrew Graham HendersonArchitectA19241927 
Item 3 of 8John KeppieArchitectA19241927 
Item 4 of 8Keppie & HendersonArchitectural practiceA19241927 
Item 5 of 8Alexander SmellieArchitectB1930 New ward
Item 6 of 8Andrew Graham HendersonArchitectB1930 New ward
Item 7 of 8John KeppieArchitectB1930 New ward
Item 8 of 8Keppie & HendersonArchitectural practiceB1930 New ward


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Trustees of the late Alexander Elder of SouthportAlexander Elder bequeathed 100,000 for construction of hospital in memory of his father


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 
Item 2 of 2Stark, David2004Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., 1854 to 2004 Glasgow: Stenlake Publishing Ltdpp24, 25 and 270

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder22 May 1925  p815 - plans lodged with Dean of Guild Court
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalJanuary 1964 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Henderson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Keppie Design (David Stark)Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie No 411 and 461
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Andrew Graham Henderson: F no 2852 (box 12); Alexander Smellie: L no3476 (box 11)