Competition design for Glasgow Art Galleries (Ionic)

M056 Competition design for Glasgow Art Galleries (Ionic)

Address: Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Date: 1891–2
Client: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in Glasgow
Authorship: Authorship category 3 (Office with Mackintosh) (Office with Mackintosh)
1891
February: The 1888 International Exhibition Association established the 'Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow', to be 'devoted to the erection of Art Galleries, a Museum, a Concert Hall and, if practicable, a School of Painting and Design'. 1
7 August: The buildings sub-committee of the Association reports on a fact-finding mission to London art galleries and museum. Arrangements for the building competition are set out. A two-stage competition is agreed, and London architect Alfred Waterhouse is appointed assessor. 2
31 August: Final adjustments are made to the draft competition conditions before advertisements are placed in the architectural and general press. 3
4 September: Competition announced in the British Architect. 4
1 December: Closing date for preliminary round of competition. 5
7 – 10 December: Adjudication of preliminary competition:.six designs, including two by John Honeyman & Keppie, are selected to advance to the final round. 6
18 December: Results of the first round of the competition announced in the British Architect. 7 Conditions for the final round issued to competing architects. 8
1892
5 – 13 April: The executive committee consider Waterhouse's final report and agrees to award the first prize and building contract to London architects Simpson & Milner Allen. 9
1893
A perspective view and a detail drawing of one of John Honeyman & Keppie's short-listed designs are exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy (351 and 500).
John Honeyman & Keppie's 'domed design' is exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (845). 10
1894
One of John Honeyman & Keppie's competition designs is exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy (515).
1897
10 September: Foundation stone of new Art Gallery and Museum laid by the Duke and Duchess of York. 11
1898
One of John Honeyman & Keppie's competition designs is exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (281).
1901
2 May: Art Gallery and Museum opens. 12

Notes:

1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 2 February 1891.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 7 August 1891.

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 31 August 1891.

4: British Architect, 36, 4 September 1891, p. 171.

5: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 30 November 1891.

6: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 30 November 1891; Assessor's Report, 10 December 1891.

7: British Architect, 36, 18 December 1891, p. 450.

8: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 18 December 1891.

9: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Association for the Promotion of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow, executive committee minutes, D-TU 1/9, 5 and 13 April 1892.

10: Glasgow Herald, 18 February 1893, p. 4.

11: Glasgow Herald, 11 September 1897, p. 9.

12: 'Glasgow International Exhibition', Glasgow Herald, 3 May 1901, p. 11.