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Holmwood House, Glasgow

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Holmwood House is the finest and most elaborate residential villa designed by the Scottish architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson. It is also rare in retaining much of its original interior decor, and being open to the public. The villa is located at 61-63 Netherlee Road, Cathcart in the southern suburbs of Glasgow.Holmwood is considered to be immensely influential by several architectural historians, because the design as published in Villa and Cottage Architecture: select examples of country and suburban residence recently erected in 1868 may have influenced Frank Lloyd Wright and other proto-modernist architects.Holmwood was constructed for James Couper, a paper manufacturer in 1857-1858. Couper owned the Millholm paper mill in the valley of the White Water of Cart immediately below the villa. The principal rooms of Holmwood were orientated towards the view of Cathcart Castle (demolished in 1980). The cost of the house was £2,608:4:11d; the stable, greenhouse & outbuildings cost a further £1,009:19:6d; and the gates an additional £75:2:0dThe polychromatic decoration was designed by Thomson and executed by Campbell Tait Bowie. The most notable survival is in the dining room which has a frieze of panels enlarged from John Flaxman's illustrations of Homer's Iliad. The sculpture on the hall chimneypiece was by George Mossman.
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  • Wonderful house built by Alexander Greek Thomson. There is a lot of restoration work going on at the moment but this is a house that you feel you could really live in. The guides are all fantastic and...  more »
  • A real opportunity to see the work of the National Trust for Scotland at work in restoring this merchant's house from the 1850s. Fantastic, knowledgeable and amusing guides who clearly are passionate ...  more »
  • Not the easiest place to find however plenty of free parking. A great deal of restoration has been done however a great deal remains and the contents are a little sparse. Lots of friendly volunteers a...  more »
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  • Well worth a visit with iinteresting and knowledgeable staff on hand to inform you, Very difficult, for me that is, to find the place but well worth the effort to get there.
  • Holmwood House is a very special place,you'll know what I mean if you ever pay it a visit. Volunteers on hand and they are very knowledgeable about Holmwood. A lovely old place, so glad it was saved for the nation.
  • Fascinating place to visit,rewarding but very much a work in progress.
  • Well preserved Greek Thompson building.
  • Great place to visit . Would have been stunning in its time . Great use of light and mirrors . Doors are fabulous . Gardens blooming . Well constructed family home .

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