Basic Site Details

Name: Livingstone Masonic Hall and Public Hall
Town, district or village: Blantyre
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The opening of the new building intended primarily for the accommodation of the Masonic brethren of Lodge "Livingstone," Blantyre, took place on Thursday week. The new building, the architect of which is Mr John B Wilson, West George-street, Glasgow, is situated at the comer of Forrest-street and Hamilton-road, having a frontage to the latter of 36 feet, and in Forrest-street of 70 feet The hall or lodge-room is spacious and well-proportioned, being 55 feet long by 32 feet wide, with a ceiling height of 20 feet Beneath the main cornice is a deep frieze, which it is proposed to fill with a fresco, illustrating the various industries of the district. The upper lights of all the windows are glazed with tinted antique glass-work, the twelve lights of those in front containing- the Masonic and Free Gardeners' emblems. In connection with the hall are provided a suite of ladies', committee, preparation, and refreshment rooms; while a "lift" from the kitchen of the restaurant beneath is conveniently placed. Externally the style of architecture adopted is French Classic. The hall entrance is marked by rusticated pilasters, springing from the capitals of which are carved trusses supporting the cornice. The contractors for the work were—R. Davidson, Blantyre, wright ; Craig and Finlay, Hamilton, plasterers ; R. Morton, Uddingston, slater; A. Cameron, Uddingston, plumber; D. Gordon, Glasgow, glass work ; and Kean and Wardrop, Glasgow, tiles. The total cost will be slightly over £3,000. [Building News 17 October 1879 page 475]

Cost £4000 to build.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Farmer StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Hamilton RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218781879Build/construction 
Item 2 of 2October 1879 Opened 


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 1John Bennie WilsonArchitect 18781879 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News17 May 1878   
Item 2 of 2Building News17 October 1879  p475