Competition design for workmen's dwellings, High Street and Rottenrow

M038 Competition design for workmen's dwellings, High Street and Rottenrow

Address: High Street and Rottenrow, Glasgow
Date: 1890–1
Client: City of Glasgow Improvement Trust
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)
1890
14 October: A special sub-committee of the Glasgow City Improvement Trustees is remitted to arrange prizes for 'Competitive Designs for Workmen's Dwellings'. The designs and models of the successful entry are to be exhibited at the East End Industrial Exhibition. The closing date is 31 December 1890. 1
28 October: The sub-committee draws up the conditions of the competition. 2
10 December: The Trustees meet with a deputation from the Glasgow Institute of Architects, who express dissatisfaction over the sums offered as prize money and the absence of assurance that the winner would be selected as architect for the building work. The Trustees decide to make only one alteration to the conditions, extending the closing date from 31 December 1890 to 31 January 1891. 3
26 December: The dispute between the Trustees and Glasgow Institute of Architects over the conditions of the competition is reported in the British Architect. 4
1891
31 January: Competition closing date. 5
9 February: The Trustees resolve to invite John Honeyman to adjudicate the competition. 6
10 February: Mackintosh presents a paper on 'Scotch Baronial Architecture' to the Glasgow Architectural Association. 7
12 February: Honeyman declines the invitation to adjudicate the competition. 8
By 4 March: Glasgow architect Robert A. Bryden appointed adjudicator. 9
18 March: The results of Bryden's adjudication are reported to the Trustees: Glasgow architects H. & D. Barclay are placed first; Henry Ross, architect and surveyor of Accrington, Lancashire, second. The Trustees resolve to award the prizes accordingly. Bryden recommends that all entries received should be exhibited at the East End Industrial Exhibition. 10
17 April: The special sub-committee agrees to build the first-prize winning design while allowing for 'further deliberation of the subject'. 11
5 August: Despite having estimates prepared for building the successful competition design for the workmen's dwellings, the Trustees remain divided, and decide to 'expose the ground in question to public sale ... instead of themselves proceeding to erecting buildings thereon'. 12
1892
14 August: The Town Council Water Works Commissioners agree to approach the City Improvement Trust with a view to purchasing the land at the corner of High Street and Rottenrow for a new hydraulic pumping station for high pressure water supply and ancillary buildings. 13
31 August: The Trustees agree to sell the land to the Water Works Commissioners. 14
1893–5
Hydraulic pumping station constructed on site. 15

Notes:

1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 14 October 1890; 10 December 1890.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 28 October 1890.

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 10 December 1890; 24 December 1890.

4: British Architect, 34, 26 December 1890, p. 479.

5: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 24 December 1890.

6: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 21 January 1891.

7: Frank Arneil Walker, 'Scottish Baronial Architecture', in Pamela Robertson, ed., Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Architectural Papers, Wendlebury, Oxon: White Cockade in association with the Hunterian Art Gallery, 1990, pp. 28–63.

8: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 12 February 1891.

9: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 4 March 1891.

10: A letter from Bryden dated 10 March 1891 read at committee meeting on 18 March. Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 18 March 1891.

11: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 17 April 1891.

12: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/18, 5 August 1891.

13: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/19, 14 August 1892.

14: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Town Council, Trustees under 'The Glasgow Improvements Act, 1866' and committees' minutes, C1/3/19, 31 August 1892.

15: John R. Hume, Industrial Archaeology of Glasgow, Glasgow and London: Blackie, 1974, gazetteer, no. G 51, p. 211.