Glasgow, United Kingdom

Architects who built Glasgow

Architects who built Glasgow

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10 tour stops


Grosvenor building - Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

One of Greek Thomson's grand warehouse buildings opposite Central Station


Ca'd'Oro Building

Stunning Venetian inspired building designed by Mackintosh's boss


Caledonian Chambers

First James Miller building - one of Glasgow's most prolific architects


The Lighthouse - Mackintosh's Herald Building

First building on tour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Gordon Chambers

Building by Frank Burnet - best known for his tenement buildings around Glasgow


Charles Wilson building

Italian Renaissance style and dates from c. 1851 by Charles Wilson


Gallery of Modern Art

First building attributed to David Hamilton - 'father of the profession'


Former Cranston tea room

Former Cranston tea room designed by Mackintosh


Corinthian club

Ornate building connected to several great architects


Burnet family's Savings Bank of Glasgow

Former Savings Bank of Glasgow designed by John Burnet and son JJ Burnet



Many Glaswegians know about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, but this tour explores the many buildings in the centre of the city designed by lesser-known architectural figures who were equally well known in their day: the Burnet and Salmon dynasties, James Miller, David Hamilton and Charles Wilson. You will see how Glasgow was transformed in the 19th century, with influences from Venice, to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and Gothic Europe, before new inspirations can be seen - from Chicago to Art Deco and beyond in the early 20th century. Many of the architects who really built most of central Glasgow deserve to be better known as their influence on what you see around you is - arguably - far more extensive than Mackintosh or even Thomson.

Itinerary 1.0 km / 3:41

Offline map included

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