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Basic Site Details

Name: Athenaeum
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Sculptor John Mossman with James Harrison Mackinnon, carver - one figure paid for by John Burnet Son & Campbell and one by John Burnet Senior.

Sculptor for extension William Kellock

The Glasgow Athenaeum (Limited) School of Music was located in St George's Place (now Nelson Mandela Place), Buchanan Street and West Nile Street, Glasgow. In the 1930s more space was needed and the adjacent Glasgow Liberal Club premises were purchased. Eventually, however, even this space was outgrown and in September 1984 Dame Janet Baker laid the foundation stone for new purpose-built premises in Renfrew Street, Glasgow. These premises were open for business by the beginning of the 1987 academic year, but they were not officially opened until 9 March 1988 when the Queen Mother unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Athenaeum TheatreYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 4179, Buchanan StreetYesTheatre extension
Item 2 of 48, Nelson Mandela PlaceYesPreviously St George's Place
Item 3 of 48, St George's Place Original building (now Nelson Mandela Place)
Item 4 of 460, West George StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 818861887 Original building on West George Street
Item 2 of 830 January 1888 Opened 
Item 3 of 818911893 Extension facing Buchanan Street (including Athenaeum Theatre)
Item 4 of 8December 1892 OpenedExtension
Item 5 of 81893 Design exhibitedBurnet design
Item 6 of 817 March 1893 OpenedTheatre in extension
Item 7 of 81960s Alterations and additions 
Item 8 of 8After 1988  Interior completely replaced - news room and library interiors lost earlier


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 7(Sir) John James BurnetArchitectA18861890Original building on St George's Place
Item 2 of 7Burnet Son & CampbellArchitectural practiceA18861890Original building on St George's Place
Item 3 of 7William KerrArchitectA18861890Drawings for original building on St George's Place - as assistant to J J Burnet
Item 4 of 7(Sir) John James BurnetArchitectB18911893Extension facing Buchanan Street
Item 5 of 7Burnet Son & CampbellArchitectural practiceB18911893Extension facing Buchanan Street
Item 6 of 7John ArthurArchitectB18911893Extension facing Buchanan Street - as assistant to Burnet Son & Campbell
Item 7 of 7Alexander Buchanan CampbellArchitectG1960s Alterations and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Academy Architecture1893   p11
Item 2 of 6Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1893, no 1555 (Burnet design)
Item 3 of 6Lander, John1897The Glasgow Athenaeum, a sketch of fifty years work  Has illustrations of lost interiors
Item 4 of 6McKenzie, Ray2002Public sculpture of Glasgow (Public sculpture of Great Britain series) Liverpool University Pressp45
Item 5 of 6RSA1887   728
Item 6 of 6RSA1894   512

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Builder1 April 1892LXII  
Item 2 of 6Builder21 October 1893LXV  
Item 3 of 6Builder9 July 1898LXXV  
Item 4 of 6Building Industries15 August 1891   
Item 5 of 6Building Industries15 September 1891   
Item 6 of 6Building News2 April 1886   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33004 
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33234 
Item 3 of 4NMRSA Buchanan Campbell Collection Hand list of drawings
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Arthur: L v16 no1100; John James Burnet: F v12 p145 (microfiche 116/G4)


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