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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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  • Famously designed by Alexander "Greek" Thomson, it is set in wonderful grounds with views over one of the city's largest parks. The tour guides are enthusiasts and know their subject well. The house w...  more »
  • We arrived at this place about an hour before they closed so we had to hurry through. We wanted to grab a snack there too. The house was very nice and well taken care of. Lots of history there to see....  more »
  • I always wanted to visit this property and managed this time on my visit to Glasgow. It is tucked away and any weary traveller may give up on a quest to find it. However once found it was lovely to vi...  more »
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  • 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 .
  • Holmwood House is a very special place,you'll know what I mean if you ever pay it a visit.
  • Island of elegance in the city. See the house being restored after a savaging as a convent and a school.
  • Interesting historic house. Helpful guides.
  • Very interesting historic building