Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as an architectural powerhouse. Ancient or modern, we have some remarkable examples of design throughout the city. Holmwood House is the jewel in the crown of one man who deserves a big chunk of the credit for making our city so beautiful. Not as celebrated as the legendary Charles Rennie-Mackintosh, I still look at Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson as a creative genius and local hero.
Located in the South Side, Holmwood House is one of many great tributes to Thomson’s work. Dating from 1857, it was built for a local Glasgow businessman of the time. The most prevalent impression is of the Southern Mediterranean influence that got Thomson his adopted middle name, ‘Greek’. The cupola above the staircase is stunning and the minute detail of the designs inside and out tell their own story. Holmwood House is also surrounded by 2 hectares of peaceful grounds and boasts its own herb and vegetable garden. Aside from being a design student’s mecca, it’s just a really nice place to spend a couple of hours.
‘Greek’ Thomson lived from 1817 to 1875 and has left a remarkable legacy to be seen in architecture all over Glasgow. Holmwood House has been my starting point to understanding the magic behind one of my town’s strongest assets.