Survey of warehouse, 102–108 London Road

M198 Survey of warehouse, 102–108 London Road

Address: 102–108, London Street, Glasgow
Date: 1901
Client: James Simpson
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

In 1901 John Honeyman & Keppie made a survey of James Simpson's furniture shop, or warehouse, at this address; the plans were approved by the Glasgow Dean of Guild Court on 24 October that year, and Honeyman & Keppie's cash book records a payment of £24 from Simpson on 14 November. 1 In 1903 they made designs for a new shop at 309–313 Sauchiehall Street, and after Simpson's sons moved the family firm there, c. 1905, the London Street premises were converted into a Salvation Army hostel in 1906. 2

The 1901 drawings show a four-storey palazzo-style building on an awkward, wedge-shaped site. The facade to London Street is largely made up of windows in continuous bands. The dividing mullions are so slender that the material may have been cast iron. Such extensive glazing recalls John Honeyman's 1872 furniture warehouse at the corner of Union Street and Gordon Street, known since the 1920s as the Ca' d'Oro. 3



1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court proceedings July 1900–January 1902, D-OPW 19/18, p. 149. The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 69.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/56, p. 122.

3: Elizabeth Williamson, Anne Riches and Malcolm Higgs, Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, London: Penguin, 1990, p. 226.