Basic Site Details

Name: Proposed workers' garden village for Argyle Motor Works
Town, district or village: Alexandria/Vale of Leven
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Intended to comprised 250 cottages. Only partially built due to failure of company. No drawings exist in James Salmon Collection at NMRS.

A society, known as the Vale of Leven Tenants Ltd., has been formed at Alexandria for the development on co-partnership lines of about 6 acres of land within a mile of Loch Lomond. The society is registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, and the capital has been raised by shares and loan stock. The land on which the cottages are built has been granted by the Argyll Motor Company - whose workers have formed the Society - free of feu-duty for five years and at the modified rate of 15 per acre thereafter. Good progress is being made. Sixteen houses are now being built.[Ewart G Culpin: The Garden City Movement Up-to-Date 1913 page 23]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Vale of Leven Garden Suburb  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219121913Build/construction 
Item 2 of 2May 1914 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 2James Salmon & Son / James Salmon FRIBAArchitectural practiceA1913  
Item 2 of 2James Salmon (junior)ArchitectA1913  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Vale of Leven Tenants Ltd 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Rosenburg, Lou2016Scotland's Homes fit for Heroes: Garden City Influences on the Development of Scottish Working Class Housing, 1900-1939 Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies: The Word Bankpp137-138

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2BuilderLate 1913CV p492
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Herald18 May 1914