Basic Site Details

Name: Townhead Public Library
Town, district or village: Townhead
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: TOWNHEAD, Glasgow.—At the last meeting of the town council of Glasgow plans were exhibited of designs for the Townhead district public library, and after discussion the committee's recommendation as to the plan to be selected was agreed to by a large majority. The envelopes were then opened, and it was found that the successful architect was Mr. John Fairweather, 136, Wellington-street, Glasgow. The winners of the second and third premiums were Mr. William H. Howie, West Regent-street, and Mr T G Giilmour, Monteith Row, Glasgow. [Building News 25 November 1904 p757]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1188-192, Castle StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 5June 1904 Competition announced 
Item 2 of 51905 Design exhibited 
Item 3 of 519061907Construction 
Item 4 of 54 July 1907 Opened 
Item 5 of 51998 Demolition 


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 3John Fairweather  19041907Won competition to secure job
Item 2 of 3Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour  1904 Third premium
Item 3 of 3William Holmes Howie  1904 Second premium


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Academy Architecture1906 Part 1 p81
Item 2 of 4Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1906   940 (Howie)
Item 3 of 4Stevenson, D M, et al.1914Municipal Glasgow: its evolution and enterprises Glasgow: Corporation of the City of Glasgowp92
Item 4 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p423

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1British Architect24 June 1904  p455

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Additional information sent August 2009
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Fairweather: F no1593 (microfilm reel 13)