Additions and alterations to 202 Bath Street

M214 Additions and alterations to 202 Bath Street

Address: 202, Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HF
Date: 1902–3
Client: J. Pullar & Son
Authorship: Authorship category 3 (Office with Mackintosh) (Office with Mackintosh)

J. Pullar & Sons acquired the five-storey cream sandstone corner property at 202 Bath Street during 1902. The firm's Glasgow office had been located previously at 64 Union Street. The University Club occupied 202 Bath Street until 1901–2. 1 Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh were commissioned to make internal alterations and to add a glazed roof to the passageway at the rear of the building, accessed from Sauchiehall Lane, presumably in advance of Pullar's occupying these new premises.

The glazed roof at the rear (N.) of the house was supported on a new masonry wall on the W. boundary of the site. This wall was heightened to support the roof, and new coping added. At the E. the glazed roof was supported by the existing rear wall of the neighbouring house at 121 Douglas Street, which belonged to Dr Andrew Nicholson MacGregor. 2

The roof consisted of two parts: at the W., a single-pitched section glazed with Pennycook Patent Glazing and a slated section lower down; and at the E., a lead-covered, very shallow pitched section. The junction of the two sections appears to have been carried on a rolled-steel I-beam stretching the length of the roof with a square valley gutter above. A short masonry wall at the lane (N.), with two outward-opening doors, and the rear wall of the existing house appear to have carried the I-beam.

Inside, a hoist with 'open enclosures' (probably of wire mesh) on each floor was added at the rear of the building, reaching from the basement to the attic. James Grant carried out woodwork throughout. This probably included the public counter and shelves in the front office on the ground floor; the cash desk and telephone kiosk on the ground floor; a number of doors around the building; and long shelf units in the despatch room on the ground floor, in two work rooms on the first floor and in the large unnamed room on the second floor. According to the job-book entry, the counters, and perhaps the shelves too, were made of cypress with mahogany tops. The doors were of teak. Work was also carried out to cover over fireplaces and to make alterations at window and door openings around the building. 3

The iron railings around the area on Bath Street today (2011) may be those included in the job-book entry, made by George Adam & Son.

Remedial work was carried out at Dr MacGregor's neighbouring property during the course of the building work. Payments were made to contractors and suppliers for a boiler and the treatment of dry rot there. 4

It is not known when the glazed roof was demolished. In April 2011 a new apartment building on the site of the passageway and Dr MacGregor's adjoining house was almost complete.

Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1901–2, p. 692; 1902–3, p. 508.

2: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1903–4, p. 392.

3: See drawings Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court plans, TD1309/A/116; The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p. 10.

4: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p. 11.