Saltire Society hosts lost Thomson talk

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The Arran branch of the Saltire Society are delighted to welcome top Glasgow architect, Fiona Sinclair to talk about Glasgow’s ‘other’ great architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. She will give an exciting illustrated talk about not only the existing cherished buildings but also the ones that have been demolished and lost to Scottish architectural life.

The talk will be held on Wednesday November 13 in the Ormidale Pavilion at 7.30pm. Fiona will discuss ‘the reinvention of the city following the infamous 1945 Bruce plan which, rather unbelievably, proposed the demolition of the City Chambers, Central Station, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Glasgow School of Art.’ She will also talk about and show examples of Thomson buildings great and small.

Fiona, who has been a practising architect for 36 years, has a list of credits too long to list here. But her own impressive CV includes years of teaching at Strathclyde Department of Architecture, along with being an examiner for APEAS. She has been a member for the Historic Building Council of Scotland, and continues to lecture and publish on topics as diverse as the works of Robert Lorimer, Greek Thomson, the history of the Glasgow tenement, and the development of residential architecture along the River Clyde from Lanarkshire to Loch Long.

Her largest project to date is the £10m restoration of a redundant distillery near Annan which languished on the Buildings at Risk register until rescued by a three and a half year long building project. She is currently working with the Dalbeattie Men’s Shed on a project to build from scratch a replica of her grandfather’s 1920 design for a small cycle car.

Fiona’s visit continues to bring, via the Saltire Society, exciting and personal views of creativity which have affected the way we live within our Scottish culture. Refreshments provided, everyone is welcome and entry is by donation.

Architect Fiona Sinclair who will give a talk to the Arran branch of the Saltire Society. NO_B45saltire01