Alterations to 256 West George Street

M155 Alterations to 256 West George Street

Address: 256, West George Street, Glasgow G2 4HJ
Date: 1898
Client: Robert McGown (McGowan) Coventry
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

John Honeyman & Keppie's drawings submitted to the Glasgow Dean of Guild Court show alterations to the artist Robert Coventry's top-floor flat to make a studio and bedroom. The work included alterations to the joists and installation of glazing in a N.-facing section of roof, opening up an existing internal wall and the construction of a new internal wall.

The requirement for purpose-built artists' studios in Glasgow was identified as early as 1884. An article in Kirkwood's Dictionary of Glasgow & Vicinity noted that 'although there are a great many artists in Glasgow, there are no buildings fitted up entirely for studio purposes.' Coventry's studio was located within the area of the city described in the article: 'bounded on the north by Sauchiehall Street; south, by St Vincent Street; east, by Renfield Street; west, by Douglas Street.' 1

Authorship: This is one of over 270 jobs carried out in the office of John Honeyman & Keppie (Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh from 1901) during Mackintosh's time there. Mackintosh undoubtedly worked on many of these, but there is no specific evidence for his involvement in this case.

Status: Standing building, altered internally

Current name: 256 West George Street

Current use: Offices (2014)

Listing category: B: Listed as '250–6 (even nos) West George Street (known as 256)'

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 33249

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 623

Grid Reference: NS 58540 65645

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.863164, lng = -4.261900   (Map)


1: Kirkwood's Dictionary of Glasgow & Vicinity, Glasgow: Strathern & Co., 1884, p. 172.