Basic Site Details

Name: Gallowhill House, Motor Car House and Chauffeur's House
Town, district or village: Paisley
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: One of the first examples of a new building type replacing the stable and coach house of the nineteenth century.

MOTOR CAR HOUSE, GALLOWHILL, RENFREWSHIRE, N. B. FOR SIR HUGH H SMILEY, BART - The stone archway gives entrance to a granolithic paved yard with glass roof, where the cars are washed before being wheeled into the stalls, there being accommodation for three cars. This portion is warmed by hot water pipes and ventilation panels are inserted above the doors. In the repairing house a concrete pit is formed about 3 feet 6 inches deep to enable the mechanism of the car to be thoroughly examined. A sliding pulley and tackle is also provided capable of lifting the motor clear of the car to facilitate the work of repairing and cleaning. The petrol store is projected from the corer of the building to ensure all possible ventilation. Four rooms and a kitchen are provided for the chauffer. The walls generally are built, with a hollow space, of brick rough cast. The roofs are covered with Ruabon tiles, red and yellow as they come from the kiln. The timbers wherever exposed are painted with Carbolineum before being pit together and afterwards coated with Archangel tar. The several works have been executed by Paisley tradesmen at an estimated cost of 1,300. Messrs James Salmon Son and Gillespie are the architects. [Architectural Review Volume 14 July-Dec 1903 p196- 198.]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1GallowhillYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11903 Plans submitted 


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 4James Salmon (junior) A1903  
Item 2 of 4John Gaff Gillespie A1903  
Item 3 of 4Salmon, Son & Gillespie A1903 Plans dated
Item 4 of 4William Forrest Salmon A1903  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Smiley, Sir Hugh H 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Gallowhill House 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Architectural Review1903XIV pp195-8 Illustrations - plans section and perspective.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Renfrewshire CouncilPaisley Dean of Guild Records Plans dated 1903 (garage)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Gaff Gillespie: F v17 p112 no1152 (microfilm reel 12)