Basic Site Details

Name: Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost £56,000 to build.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Gartnavel Royal HospitalYesSince 1963
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Royal Lunatic Asylum  
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital 1931-1963

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 11055, Great Western RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 818411843Construction 
Item 2 of 822 November 1877 OpenedMajor additions including new dining and recreation hall, separate dining room for private patients and large general bathroom
Item 3 of 81907  Additions to south wing of east house
Item 4 of 81908  New boiler house
Item 5 of 819091914 New south west wing and alterations to west house
Item 6 of 819101912 Laundry extension
Item 7 of 81932 Alteration/conversion 
Item 8 of 81 June 1942 Foundation stone 


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 18Charles Wilson  18411843 
Item 2 of 18(Sir) John James Burnet A1907 Additions to south wing of east house
Item 3 of 18James Wright (junior) A1907 Additions to south wing of east house - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 4 of 18John Burnet & Son A1907 Additions to south wing of east house
Item 5 of 18(Sir) John James Burnet B1908 New boiler house
Item 6 of 18John Burnet & Son B1908 New boiler house
Item 7 of 18(Sir) John James Burnet C19091914New south west wing and alterations to west house
Item 8 of 18John Burnet & Son C19091914New south west wing and alterations to west house
Item 9 of 18Norman Aitken Dick C19091914New south west wing and alterations to west house
Item 10 of 18(Sir) John James Burnet D19101912Laundry extension
Item 11 of 18John Burnet & Son D19101912Laundry extension
Item 12 of 18Norman Aitken Dick D19101912Laundry extension
Item 13 of 18(Sir) John James Burnet J1932 Alterations
Item 14 of 18Burnet, Son & Dick J1932 Alterations
Item 15 of 18Norman Aitken Dick J1932 Alterations
Item 16 of 18Frank Burnet & Boston EAfter 1939Before 1947Alterations
Item 17 of 18Frank Russell Burnet EAfter 1939Before 1947Alterations
Item 18 of 18James Bell EAfter 1939Before 1947Alterations

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 580-bed ward 
Item 2 of 5Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, chapelGlass by Anning Bell & Guthrie & Wells
Item 3 of 5Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, entrance lodge & gatewayLinked to Burnet's Kelvinside Station.
Item 4 of 5Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, piggeries 
Item 5 of 5Hospital Administrative Buildings at Shelly Road 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Darragh, Alison2011Prison or Palace? Heaven or Hell? An architectural and social study of the development of public lunatic asylums in Scot Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrewsvol 1, pp 77-8, 198-201
vol 2, pp 363, 367, 374 (dining hall)
vol 3, pp 87-91
Item 2 of 5Parchappé, M (Parchappe, M)1853Des Principes à suivre dans la fondation et la construction des Asiles d'Aliénés Paris 
Item 3 of 5Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Gartnavel Royal Hospital
Item 4 of 5Sinclair, Fiona J, ed1995Charles Wilson Architect 1810-1863: A Question of Style Glasgow: Park Circus Promotions, 1995p22
Item 5 of 5Thomson, David1882Memoir of Charles Wilson13 March 1882Proceedings of the Glasgow Philosophical Society 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect and Building News1932Jan-Jun p21
Item 2 of 2Architects Journal27 June 1923  For 1907, 1908, 1909-14 and 1910-1912 work

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32320 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection GWD/12/1-13, 15, 17, 19, 22 (Including portfolio of nine drawings)
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Bell: F no4327 (combined box 8); James Wright, Junior: L v21 no1692