Basic Site Details

Name: Carnegie Public Library
Town, district or village: Motherwell
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Assessors G Washington Browne
1st Greig Fairbain and Mcniven - appointed
2nd (1st Premium) 50 guineas. Thomas T Paterson. 5 York Place Edinburgh
3rd (2nd Premium) - J N Scott and A Lorne Campbell 44 Queen Street, Edinburgh

The memorial-stone ot the Carnegie Library at Motherwell, N.B., was laid with Masonic honours on Saturday by Mr. Alexander Findlay, MP. The building, which when furnished will cost 12,000, is from designs by Mr. Greig, architect, Edinburgh. It is situated in Clyde-street, and, in addition to a lecture-hall, reading-rooms, and museum, will accommodate a lending library of 30,000 volumes [Building News 23 September 1904 p453]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 133, 35, Hamilton RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21903 Competition results announced 
Item 2 of 25 April 1906 Opened 


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 9Gilbert Telfer ScottArchitect 1903 Competition design - not successful
Item 2 of 9Alfred GreigArchitectA19031906Won competition and was commissioned
Item 3 of 9George Donaldson MacnivenArchitectA19031906Won competition and was commissioned
Item 4 of 9Greig, Fairbairn & MacnivenArchitectural practiceA19031906Won competition and were commissioned
Item 5 of 9Walter FairbairnArchitectA19031906Won competition and was commissioned
Item 6 of 9Thomas Tolmie PatersonArchitectB1903 Competition design exhibited - placed second
Item 7 of 9Alexander Lorne CampbellArchitectC1903 Competition design - placed third
Item 8 of 9J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell (or Scott & Campbell)Architectural practiceC1903 Competition design - placed third
Item 9 of 9John Nichol ScottArchitectC1903 Competition design - placed third


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Academy Architecture1904 part 1 p78
Item 2 of 2RSA1904   431 (Greig Fairbairn & McNiven) and 425 (Paterson ) 446 (Scott & Lorne Campbell))

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect24 April 1903  p292 - competition results
Item 2 of 2Building News23 September 1904  p453 - foundation stone

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register48307 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Ref given in HS List is '0404' which seems unlikely. Check
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Walter Fairbairn: L v17 no1256; Alfred Greig: L v18 no1303; George Donaldson Macniven: L v19 no1441 & F no1588 (microfilm reel 13); Gilbert Telfer Scott: L v6 no387 (microfilm reel 31)