The Park area mansions were 'the place to live' in the 1850s. Visit this stunning A-listed building with innumerable original features. Originally the private residence of David Hutcheson, founder of Calmac, it has been home to Buchanan Bridge Club since 1960.
These magnificent homes were built as Glasgow expanded West and were spacious houses for Glasgow’s most wealthy citizens. After WW2 these substantial buildings were too expensive to heat and to maintain, but they were perfect to convert to offices because they were located so near the city centre.
Number 4 Clairmont Gardens is the notable exception and survived because it was a family home for 100 years until the Bridge Club purchased it in 1960. This is your opportunity to admire a plethora of features much more lavish than the neighbouring properties! The first owner in 1857 had an expanding fleet of steamships and this house was designed to reflect his success, status, and in which to entertain. David Hutcheson was one of ‘One Hundred Glasgow Men’ in Victorian times, whose vision and enterprise transformed our city into the ‘Second City of the Empire’ When David retired in 1879 his junior partner succeeded him and changed the name of the company to David Macbrayne and Co which is now familiar to you as Calmac.
Make the most of ‘Doors Open Day’ and in addition to visiting an intact townhouse, hear the story about David Hutcheson’s importance in the development of the steamships in Scotland, how Queen Victoria influenced this, and how the economy of the West Coast was transformed. As well as your tour you can enjoy an exhibition which includes a map of Glasgow in 1861 showing who his ‘notable neighbours’ were, where they lived, and what their occupations were, as well as information leaflets for those who want to know more. If you have time, enjoy a complementary tea or coffee or better still, combine it with a taster bridge lesson (Sat+Sun 14.00).
Tours available on request; 20 minutes
Tour meeting point: Front door
Children will have fun exploring our building, and identifying the differences between their lives and life 160 years ago! Everyone will get a prize for a completed quiz. Colouring activities for under 5's.
Parking info: Free on street parking Sat + Sun in a quiet street
Accessibility: 7 steps from street to front door and internal stairs
Architect: Style of Charles Wilson
Building Date: 1857