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Greek Thomson Architecture, Holmwood House

Friday, December 18, 2009

This morning, the temperature in Glasgow was hovering around zero. However, in the absence of significant snow and ice I included in my morning cycle ride a visit to Holmwood House, 61-63 Netherlee Road, Glasgow. I have almost completed a portfolio of Thomson property images for a new architecture web page.

This is now a heritage property owned by Scotland's National Trust. The property dates from 1857-58 when it was built as a combined high status home and business show-room for a wealthy paper mill owner whose business was powered by the close by White Cart Water (river).

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson was one of Scotland's greatest 19th century architects. He obtained inspiration from the designs of ancient Greece without ever actually visiting that country.

By some measures, Holmwood House is Thomson's finest and most elaborate villa. A particular feature here is the wall that connects the main house with the coach house, a feature reminiscent of designs by Lutyens and Frank Lloyd Wright some forty years later. This linkage can be seen in the video clip below.

Thomson's villas have echoes of American designs, with wide eaves and strong horizontal emphasis.

At Holmwood, Thomson also designed the rich polychromatic wall decoration which is now being recovered.

This property is open to the public and is deserving of a visit.



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