Basic Site Details

Name: Trades House
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
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Notes: The 1877 competition entry of Salmon and Son was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880 and reproduced in Building News with text as follows:

This design, by Messrs Salmon and Son, of Glasgow, which was shown in the recent Royal Academy Exhibition, was prepared for a new building intended to be erected by the Incorporated Trades of Glasgow. The style is Renaissance, and shows by its masterly treatment the great resources of that style. The balance of parts and outline is arranged with great care, presenting an architectural combination of much grace and beauty. The sculpture on the facade is emblematic and historical, illustrating the many memorable events connected with the Trades House and the city. [Building News 17 September 1880 p326]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Trades' HallYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 279-89, Glassford StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Virginia StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1617911794Build/construction 
Item 2 of 16After 1794 AdditionOuter bays added
Item 3 of 161828 AdditionExtensions
Item 4 of 161838 AdditionExtension at rear
Item 5 of 1618561862 Alterations, repairs and rebuilding of north wing
Item 6 of 1618631864 Alterations and rebuilding of south wing to match north wing
Item 7 of 16November 1876  Competition held for new building, by invitation
Item 8 of 16June 1877  Competition plans for new building submitted by all three invited contestants; no decision reached, and scheme abandoned in 1879
Item 9 of 161880 Design exhibitedJames Salmon design
Item 10 of 161882  Proposal to rebuild Virginia Street side of building; second competition
Item 11 of 161887 ReconstructionDavid Hamilton's building reconstructed.
Item 12 of 161888  Virginia Street buildings rebuilt and interior reconstructed, including remodelling of banqueting room
Item 13 of 1619151921 Redecoration
Item 14 of 161927  Complete refacing of ground-floor façade, and other repairs
Item 15 of 1619291930 Alterations - reception room
Item 16 of 161955 AdditionTimber ceiling in Hall inserted.

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 33Robert AdamArchitectA17911794 
Item 2 of 33James Jaffray or Jeffray or JeffreyArchitect, WrightY1791 Unexecuted design. Was paid 30gs for his drawings.
Item 3 of 33John CraigArchitectZ1791 Unexecuted designs. Was paid 30gs for the drawings.
Item 4 of 33David HamiltonArchitectZ1828 Extensions
Item 5 of 33David HamiltonArchitectA1838 Extensions at rear
Item 6 of 33Charles WilsonArchitect 18561862Alterations, repairs and rebuilding of north wing
Item 7 of 33William SpenceArchitect 18631864Alterations and rebuilding of south wing to match north wing (as proposed by Charles Wilson)
Item 8 of 33Campbell DouglasArchitect, ValuerBJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 9 of 33Campbell Douglas & SellarsArchitectural practiceBJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 10 of 33James SellarsArchitect, ValuerBJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 11 of 33James Salmon & SonArchitectural practiceCJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 12 of 33James Salmon (senior)ArchitectCJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 13 of 33William Forrest SalmonArchitectCJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 14 of 33Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceDJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 15 of 33George Bell IArchitectDJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 16 of 33William ClarkeArchitectDJune 1877 Plans for new building submitted for invited competition; subsequently abandoned after failure to reach a decision
Item 17 of 33James Salmon & SonArchitectural practiceE1882 Entered second competition for new building on the site - not successful
Item 18 of 33James Salmon (senior)ArchitectE1882 Entered second competition - not successful
Item 19 of 33William Forrest SalmonArchitectE1882 Entered second competition - not successful
Item 20 of 33Campbell DouglasArchitect, ValuerF18821889Won second competition and secured job for new building on Virginia Street site at rear
Item 21 of 33Campbell Douglas & SellarsArchitectural practiceF18821889Won second competition and secured job for new building on Virginia Street site at rear
Item 22 of 33James SellarsArchitect, ValuerF18821888Won second competition and secured job for new building on Virginia Street site at rear
Item 23 of 33John KeppieArchitectG19151921Redecoration
Item 24 of 33Andrew Graham HendersonArchitectH1927 Won competition - complete refacing of ground-floor façade, and other repairs
Item 25 of 33John KeppieArchitectH1927 Won competition - complete refacing of ground-floor façade, and other repairs
Item 26 of 33Keppie & HendersonArchitectural practiceH1927 Won competition - complete refacing of ground-floor façade, and other repairs
Item 27 of 33Andrew Graham HendersonArchitectI19291930Alterations - reception room
Item 28 of 33John KeppieArchitectI19291930Alterations - reception room
Item 29 of 33Keppie & HendersonArchitectural practiceI19291930Alterations - reception room
Item 30 of 33David James LeslieArchitectK1955 Carried out survey of Sellars' ceiling
Item 31 of 33Peter Leslie Aitken WilliamsArchitectK1955 Timber ceiling in Hall inserted. Designer on project
Item 32 of 33Walter UnderwoodArchitectK1955 Timber ceiling in Hall inserted. Partner in charge of this job. ('Buildings of Scotland' say it was by Walter Underwood & Partners, but this practice did not exist at this time.)
Item 33 of 33Wylie, Shanks & WylieArchitectural practiceK1955 Timber ceiling in Hall inserted.

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Archaemedia2000The Trades Hall of Glasgow archaeological desk study 
Item 2 of 6Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 6Gordon, J F S (ed.)1872Glasgow Ancient and Modern or Glasgow Facies Glasgowii, p992
Item 4 of 6Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1880, no 1221 (Salmon design)
Item 5 of 6RSA1882   928
Item 6 of 6Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p167

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect14 September 1888  Sellars's 1877 design belatedly reproduced
Item 2 of 2Building News17 September 1880  p326 and illustration of entry by J Salmon and Son

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Courtesy of Craig Bryce, archivist, Trades Hall. Information sent to Dictionary Sent October 2016
Item 2 of 6Glasgow City ArchivesDrawingsT-KF 1/1, 23Jaffray drawings
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32713 
Item 4 of 6Keppie Design (David Stark)Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie No 398 and 451
Item 5 of 6Trades House ArchiveDescriptive pamphlet of plans for proposed New Trades Hall Bldgs, Glassford St (J Salmon & Son 1877) (Copy in DMW archive)
Item 6 of 6Trades House ArchiveTrades House Minutes