Alexander Thomson
(1817-1875)

Died aged c. 58

Alexander "Greek" Thomson (9 April 1817 – 22 March 1875) was an eminent Scottish architect and architectural theorist who was a pioneer in sustainable building. Although his work was published in the architectural press of his day, it was little appreciated outwith Glasgow during his lifetime. It has only been since the 1950s and 1960s that his critical reputation has revived—not least of all in connection with his probable influence on Frank Lloyd Wright. Henry-Russell Hitchcock wrote of Thomson in 1966: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects of the Western world. C.R.Mackintosh was not highly productive but his influence in central Europe was comparable to such American architects as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. An even greater and happily more productive architect, though one whose influence can only occasionally be traced in America in Milwaukee and in New York City and not at all as far as I know in Europe, was Alexander Thomson.”

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Commemorated on 5 plaques

Alexander Thomson Egyptian Halls 1871

84-100 Union Street, G1 3QW, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they designed the Egyptian Halls (1871)

Alexander Thomson Grosvenor Building 1859

72-80 Gordon Street, G2 6LY, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they designed the Grosvenor Building (1859)

Grecian Chambers 1865 Alexander Thomson

336-356 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they designed (1865)

202 Nithsdale Road 1870 Alexander Thomson

Castlehill, 202 Nithsdale Road, Pollockshields, G41 5EU, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they designed (1870)

Alexander Thomson 41 - 58 Oakfield Avenue 1865

Eton Terrace, 47 Oakfield Avenue, G12 8LL, Glasgow, United Kingdom where they designed (1865)