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The county of Ayrshire provided a lucrative source of commissions for the architects of Mackintosh's day, drawing on local firms and on significant names from Edinburgh and Glasgow. This chapter provides a brief introduction to the building of country houses in the area between 1890 and 1914....
A self-effacing architect of real quality, William Kerr trained under J.J. Burnet in Glasgow, was assistant to T.G. Abercrombie in Paisley, and then for four decades was senior partner in the firm of John Melvin and Son. Alloa. His repertoire included major commercial buildings, country houses,...
This chapter aims to demonstrate the importance of Professor James Lorimer's restoration of Kellie Castle and the castle restorations carried out by his son, Robert. It also gives a brief context for such restoration work in the mid- to late nineteenth century.
Our perception of the architectural scene in Scotland around the turn of the twentieth century is distorted by an absence of monographs on many of its leading protagonists. One of the giants requiring evaluation is the subject of this chapter, which will touch the surface of this shortfall...
The career of John James Burnet (1857–1938) provides a striking contrast with that of his more famous Glaswegian contemporary, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He had a wide and varied practice, he was responsible for large-scale projects all over Britain, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, and...
William Leiper comes from the generation before Mackintosh, but his career overlapped with that of the younger man. He was not only an important Glasgow-based architect, but also, like Mackintosh, a talented artist. He is probably best known for his polychromatic Templeton's Carpet Factory in...
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