Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

1817 - 1875

Architect. Born in Balfron (Stirling) in 1817, Alexander Thomson is regarded as the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow and one of the greatest in Scottish architecture. He believed that the architecture of the Ancient Greeks could be the inspiration for modern architecture, acquiring the nickname 'Greek' because of this and to distinguish him from the other Thomson architects in Glasgow. His work also drew influence from Italian, Romanesque, Scottish Baronial and Gothic styles. He never gained the great public commission that his work merited, although there are many examples throughout Glasgow. He died in 1875 at his home in Moray Place in Strathbungo, a suburb of Glasgow and lies buried in the Southern Necropolis.

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