Tenements, Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun

M292 Tenements, Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun

Address: 11–23, Craigpark Drive, Glasgow G31 2NW
Date: 1908–9; 1911–14
Client: R. D. Gray
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

In July 1908 plans were drawn up by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh for seven four-storey tenements in the suburb of Dennistoun in the E. of Glasgow for local building contractor R. D. Gray of Charles Gray & Son, wrights and builders. 1 Speculative, planned development of Dennistoun had begun in the mid-19th century. At first villas and terraces were constructed, then tenements from the 1890s. 2

The middle-class tenements designed for Gray followed a pattern familiar by 1908. Each building had two flats on each floor – three in corner buildings – and each flat contained two rooms, plus kitchen and bathroom. There were small gardens to the front and courts to the rear where single-storey common 'washing houses' were provided. 3 The drawings show very plain elevations to Craigpark Street, Craigpark Drive and Golfhill Drive, with canted bays, simple mouldings and slightly projecting entrance bays.

Drawings were submitted to the Glasgow Dean of Guild Court planning for approval in July 1908. They were prepared by a draughtsman in Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh's office and signed by John Keppie. Two revisions of the design of the two blocks to the E. were submitted, the latter in April 1912. Building work, carried out by Gray himself, was protracted: dates on the Master of Works' inspection certifcate suggest that work was carried out between August 1908 and June 1909 and then February 1911 and February 1912. 4 Only three of the seven blocks were ultimately built, those on Craigpark Drive. The site of the other four blocks has never been developed, and has served as an allotment since the 1950s.

The fact that Gray's firm built the tenements probably explains the absence of the work from the practice job books: the architects were required only to draw up plans and not to supervise construction. The £40 Gray paid Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh in December 1909 is probably a fee for design work. 5

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Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1907–8, pp. 296, 298.

2: Elizabeth Williamson, Anne Riches and Malcolm Higgs, Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, London: Penguin, 1990, p. 443–4.

3: Frank Worsdall, The Tenement: A Way of Life, Edinburgh: Chambers, 1979, pp. 107–24.

4: O.S., Lanarkshire NS 66 (National Grid 1:2500, 1952).

5: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 130.