Basic Site Details

Name: Masonic Temple
Town, district or village: Hamilton
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: The Hamilton (Scotland) Kilwinning New Lodge of Freemasons recently offered premiums of £50, £20 and £10 for the three best designs for a masonic temple to be erected in Cadzow Street. The adjudication was left to Professor Gourley, Edinburgh, and the Building Committee. [British Architect 27 February 1903 p147]

12 sets of plans were plans sent in and awards made as follows:
1st Premium) Alex Cullen of Hamilton
3rd Premium)
2nd Premium Gavin Paterson. Hamilton

Cullen appointed architect. Estimated cost £5436.

Hamilton, N.B.—The Masonic Temple in Cadzow Street, Hamilton, built for the Hamilton Kilwinning (No. 7) Lodge of Freemasons, was consecrated on St. John's Day. This lodge dates back to the 17th century, and its written records commence about the year 1732, when the Duke of Hamilton of the time was building Chatelherhault, and a couple of years ago they were able to dispose of their lodge-room, which included the Douglas and Clydesdale Hotel, to the town for street improvements, which has enabled them to face the erection of the present Temple, the cost of which will not be less than £8,000. The Temple is situated at the corner of Cadzow Street and Lower Auchingramont Road. On the ground floor, facing Cadzow-street, are two suites of offices. The lodge- room is on the upper floor. Facing Lower Auchingramont-road is a hall for letting purposes, which provides accommodation for 400 persons, along with a house for the caretaker, cooking kitchen, kc. The design, which was chosen in competition, is in the old Scots style, and is by Mr. Alexander Cullen, architect, Hamilton. In finishing the interior a free use has been made of stencil ornament. [Building News 30 December 1904 p957]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lodge Hamilton Kilwinning (No 7)  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Masonic hall  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2104, 106, Cadzow StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Lower Auchingramont RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31903 Competition results announcedItem in British Architect confirms HS date
Item 2 of 3December 1904 Opened 
Item 3 of 31908  Competition HS says this is 1903 and reference is the Dean of Guild plans)


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8Gavin PatersonArchitect 1903 Placed second in competition
Item 2 of 8Alex Cullen, Lochhead & BrownArchitectural practiceA1908 Secured commission in competition
Item 3 of 8Alexander CullenArchitectA1908 Secured commission in competition
Item 4 of 8James LochheadArchitectA1908 Secured commission in competition
Item 5 of 8William BrownArchitectA1908 Secured commission in competition
Item 6 of 8G N Beattie & MortonArchitectural practiceB1908 Competition design
Item 7 of 8George Nicholas BeattieArchitectB1908 Competition design
Item 8 of 8John Gibb MortonArchitectB1908 Competition design


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1The Hamilton (Scotland) Kilwinning New Lodge of Freemasons 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Academy Architecture1908 part 1 p64
Item 2 of 4Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 3 of 4Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1908   647
Item 4 of 4Stothers, Thomas1912Stothers's Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Xmas and New Year Annual 1911-19121911-1912Hamiltonp374

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect27 February 1903  p147 - competition
Item 2 of 2Building News30 December 1904  p957 - opening

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Hamilton District CouncilHamilton District Dean of Guild Plans  
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register34506 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSScottish Survey of Architectural Practices Project MS material  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Lochhead: F v20 no1453 (microfilm reel 13)