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Basic Site Details

Name: Sir John Wilson Town Hall
Town, district or village: Airdrie
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Estimated cost (in James Thomson Junior's LRIBA nomination papers): 9,000.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Stirling StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41910 Competition results announced 
Item 2 of 41912 Build/construction 
Item 3 of 415 February 1952 * RestorationProposed restoration at estimated cost of 30,000 - decision was pending on Scottish Home Office, since plans were also submitted for NEW town halls, with police buildings, at a cost of 50,000
Item 4 of 42008 Alterations and additions 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 8Andrew Danskine AitkenArchitect 1910 Competition design - placed third
Item 2 of 8Alexander Houston ThomsonArchitectA19101912Won competition to secure job
Item 3 of 8James Thomson & SonsArchitectural practiceA19101912Won competition to secure job
Item 4 of 8James Thomson (junior)ArchitectA19101912Won competition to secure job
Item 5 of 8John ThomsonArchitectA19101912Won competition to secure job
Item 6 of 8George Arthur & SonArchitectural practiceB1910 Competition design - placed second as results given in Building News
Item 7 of 8John Maurice ArthurArchitectB1910 Competition design - placed second (Cunningham states 'G Arthur' - presumably John Maurice Arthur as George Arthur & Son as George Arthur himself was dead by then)
Item 8 of 8Austin-Smith: Lord  2008 Refurbishment and addition to East.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Close, Rob, Gifford, John & Walker, Frank Arneil2016The Buildings of Scotland: Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp.107
Item 2 of 3Cunningham, Colin1981Victorian and Edwardian Town Halls London: Routledge & Kegan PaulAppendix II: Competition Statistics
Item 3 of 3Peden, Allan1992The Monklands: an illustrated architectural guide RIASp9

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building News18 November 1910  p740 - competition results
Item 2 of 3Building News5 January 1912102 p13
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal9 April 1921 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of James Junior

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Robert Hill, CanadaInformation sent to Dictionary Sent July 2014
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20947 
Item 3 of 4Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Dr Philip McWilliams(extracted from local newspaper, 30 March 1912)
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Houston Thomson: L v26 no2116; James Thomson Junior: L v21 no1621


© All rights reserved. The Building News [London], Vol. 102,  5 January 1912, page 13 

© All rights reserved. The Building News [London], Vol. 102, 5 January 1912, page 13