Basic Site Details

Name: 42 Workmen's Dwellings
Town, district or village: Helensburgh
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: In March 1903 amended plans for 42 dwelling houses, creche, etc were passed. Estimated cost of the block £8,000

'On Saturday afternoon the new buildings in Maitland Street, Helensburgh, erected by the local branch of the Christian Social Union were formally opened. The cost of the whole scheme will come to about £5,000. There are ten houses of one apartment, twenty-two of two apartments and ten of three apartments, providing accommodation for 42 tenants in all. In addition there is the hall which will be used for social purposes. The houses will be let at £6 per annum for the single apartment houses, £9 per annum for the two apartment houses, and £12 for the three-roomed houses. The buildings, which occupy a site in the centre of the town, consist of three blocks of four storeys and attics. The entrances to the different flats are on the balcony principle. The front and rear blocks are utilised as dwelling houses, while the centre block consists of day nursery for children, washing houses and sanitary conveniences. This block corresponds in height with the residential block balconies leading across the court from the respective floors. The buildings have been constructed on fireproof principles. The architect is Mr J J Burnet of Glasgow'. [British Architect 27 May 1904]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Maitland Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2March 1903 Plans approved 
Item 2 of 2May 1904 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 3(Sir) John James BurnetArchitectA19031904 
Item 2 of 3Charles Turnbull EwingArchitectA19031904As apprentice/draughtsman to John James Burnet
Item 3 of 3John Burnet & SonArchitectural practiceA19031904 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Christian Social Union, local branch1904
Item 2 of 2Helensburgh Workmen’s Dwelling CompanyAs given in BA March 1903


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect13 March 1903  p188 Amended plans approved. Architect not given
Item 2 of 2British Architect27 May 1904p397  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Additional information sent August 2009
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Charles Turnbull Ewing: L v2 no116 (microfilm reel 29)