Alterations for Queen Margaret College Settlement Association

M180 Alterations for Queen Margaret College Settlement Association

Address: Elliot Street, Glasgow
Date: 1900–1902
Client: Queen Margaret College Settlement Association
Authorship: Authorship category 3 (Office with Mackintosh) (Office with Mackintosh)

The Queen Margaret College Settlement Association was founded in May 1897, 'to promote the welfare of the poorer people, chiefly of the women and children, in the Anderston district of Glasgow.' 1 In March 1900 it accepted an offer of premises at 75 Elliot Street and 66 Port Street, made by Mrs Eliza Lauder and Miss Jane Allan, sisters of Glasgow School Board chairman Robert S. Allan. 2 These buildings had been designed for the Allan family by Robert Ewan in 1893, for the use of Anderston Girls' Clubs. There were two sets of large rooms. Each included an assembly hall with stage and glazed roof, two classrooms and a reading room. There were separate entrances on Elliot Street and Port Street, but the rooms were connected internally. Above, there was a three-floor tenement on Elliot Street and a two-storey lodging house on Port Street. 3

The lease permitted the Settlement Association to make structural alterations, and in March 1900 they approached John Keppie to draw up plans to convert the Elliot Street rooms into the Settlement residence and to 'make arrangements with contractors'. 4 It is not clear why the practice was chosen for this commission. By 1900, however, it had already designed the Queen Margaret College medical building, and it was probably also significant that in 1899–1900 Keppie's older sister Jane was a member of the Settlement Association committee. 5 According to the Association's minutes, Keppie's plans were viewed in March 1900 and after revision were sent to the owners for approval in May. The work was completed by December 1900 when the Settlement warden took up residence. 6

No drawings or photographs survive to show the nature of the work carried out, and there is no evidence that Mackintosh was involved. However, when the practice returned to carry out work to the roofs and drains in 1902, he is recorded in the Settlement Association minutes as recommending one of the tenders for roof repairs. 7

The Settlement Assocation remained at 75 Elliot Street until 1908. After fund raising, new premises were purchased a short distance away at 77 Port Street, where a hall and club rooms were added by another, unknown architect in 1912. The Anderston Girls' Clubs continued to operate at 66 Port Street until the 1960s. 8

Notes:

1: University of Glasgow Archive Services: Chronology of Events in the Growth of Queen Margaret College Settlement Glasgow, Glasgow: Queen Margaret College Settlement, June 1907, GB0248 DC22/1/1/1, p. 1.

2: University of Glasgow Archive Services: Queen Margaret College Settlement Association minutes, GB0248 DC22/1/3/1, 6 March 1900.

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Dean of Guild Court plans, B4/12/2473.

4: University of Glasgow Archive Services: Queen Margaret College Settlement Association minutes, GB0248 DC22/1/3/1, 6 March 1900; University of Glasgow Archive Services: Chronology of Events in the Growth of Queen Margaret College Settlement Glasgow, Glasgow: Queen Margaret College Settlement, June 1907, GB0248 DC22/1/1/1, p. 1.

5: University of Glasgow Archive Services: Queen Margaret College Settlement Association minutes, GB0248 DC22/1/3/1, p. 85. Jane Keppie was a non-graduate student member of the committee (i.e. a former student of Queen Margaret College who had completed her studies before the Universities Act of 1889 permitted female students to graduate from higher education institutions).

6: University of Glasgow Archive Services: Chronology of Events in the Growth of Queen Margaret College Settlement Glasgow, Glasgow: Queen Margaret College Settlement, June 1907, GB0248 DC22/1/1/1, p. 2.

7: University of Glasgow Archive Services: Queen Margaret College Settlement Association minutes, GB0248 DC22/1/3/2, 14 January 1902.

8: Robert Hamilton and Jean MacLeay, Glasgow University Settlement: A Centennial History Glasgow: University of Glasgow, 1998, pp. 15, 35.