Basic Site Details

Name: The Buchanan Retreat
Town, district or village: Boclair, Bearsden
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: The building was erected from legacies left by three sisters, Misses Buchanan of Belfield in Ayrshire, who wished to provide for poorer members of the Buchanan Clan in their later years. In due course the restriction to those called Buchanan had to be removed due to the lack of applications from people of that surname and, following an interest taken in the Institution by the Corporation of Glasgow, who were represented among the original trustees, it became a Home for elderly men. In 1960 the property was acquired by Bearsden Town Council and became the new Municipal Buildings. By 1975 the building housed the Administration and Finance Departments of the new Bearsden and Milngavie District Council [Murray, William, 1975].

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Council Offices  
Item 2 of 2New Municipal Buildings  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31887 Design exhibited 
Item 2 of 31960(?)1962Reconstruction 
Item 3 of 331 May 1962 OpenedOpened by Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret


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 3Thomas Halket (junior)ArchitectA1887  
Item 2 of 3Walter UnderwoodArchitectB1960(?)1962 
Item 3 of 3Walter Underwood & PartnersArchitectural practiceB1960(?)1962 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1887   857
Item 2 of 2Murray, William1975The Burgh of Bearsden Bearsden Town Councilp27,50