Dutch Kitchen, Miss Cranston's Lunch, Tea & Smoking Rooms, Argyle Street

M258 Dutch Kitchen, Miss Cranston's Lunch, Tea & Smoking Rooms, Argyle Street

Address: 106–114, Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8BH
Date: 1905–6
Client: Catherine (Kate) Cranston
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)
1878
'C. Cranston' and 'Crown Tea Rooms' at 114 Argyle Street first appear in the Glasgow Post Office Directory. 1
1897
23 December: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court approves remodelling of 114 Argyle Street by Glasgow architects H. & D. Barclay. 2
1898
8 June: Work begins on site. 3
1899
24 October: The Glasgow Advertiser and Property Circular reports that 'decorators have just put the finishing touches to new work ...' 4
21 December: Work discharged by Glasgow Dean of Guild Court 5
1905
27 December: Earliest contractor tenders submitted for the Dutch Kitchen. 6
1906
11 August: Earliest payments to contractors. 7
October: Article in the Studio reports the recent completion of the Dutch Kitchen. 8
1908
11 August: Latest payments to contractors. 9
1918
18 May: Last day of business at Crown Lunch and Tea Rooms following its sale to Manfield & Sons, shoe retailer. 10
1990
Renovation work to convert 106–114 Argyle Street into shop units reveals that much of the Dutch Kitchen as well as panelling and walls stencils on the upper floors is still intact behind later wall coverings. 11

Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1878–9, p. 159; p. 525; Perilla Kinchin, Miss Cranston: Patron of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing, 1999, p. 22.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court plans, TD1386/06 (originally 1/6116).

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/2, p. 3.

4: Glasgow Advertiser & Property Circular, 24 October 1899, p. 2.

5: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Dean of Guild Court, Register of Plans, B4/11/1, petitioner The Scottish Privident Institution, 23 December 1897. A note in this document states that the work is for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms.

6: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p. 100.

7: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p. 100.

8: J. Taylor, 'Modern Decorative Art at Glasgow: Some Notes on Miss Cranston's Argyle Street Tea House', Studio, 39, October 1906, p. 35.

9: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p. 100.

10: Bailie, 15 May 1918, p. 11; Perilla Kinchin, Miss Cranston: Patron of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing, 1999, pp. 82–3.

11: Glasgow Herald, 18 April 1990, p. 1.