Category: Architecture (page 1 of 11)

The Queen’s Garage

The Commercial Tyre Service Company (garage proprietors, and manufacturers and hirers of motorvehicles) was founded in May 1927 with £12,000 capital , and the same year an application was submitted to construct a garage and showroom at 640 Pollokshaws Road at the junction with Nithsdale Drive. The land had previously belonged to Glasgow Corporation.

Elevations of proposed garage

Elevations from Pollokshaws Road and from Nithsdale Drive. Source GCA plans 1927/496

Site plan

Plan of the garage. Note the many lock ups. Source: GCA Plans 1927/496

The business traded as The Queen’s Garage. Like many of the local garages, it initially sold petrol from the small forecourt on the corner, and concentrated on lock-ups for local car owners, which take up much of the site.

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Regent Park Motor Garage Company

Fourth article in a series about Strathbungo’s motor garages.

The Regent Park Motor Garage was founded in the earliest days of motoring and survived for nearly seventy years, and yet information is limited, photos extremely rare, and it has left almost no trace.

The garage was opposite Fenwick’s on Nithsdale Street. The early history of this plot of land is described in the recent post about 2 Nithsdale Street and Duncan Brown’s photograph of Robert Bryce’s plumbing business.

Sepia photo of advertising hoardings and buildings at mouth of Nithsdale Street

Junction of Pollokshaws Road and Nithsdale Street c 1895 by Duncan Brown. Robert Bryce’s plumbing business abuts the tenement gable end on the right. Source: Glasgow School of Art Archives

Bryce’s building was taken down around 1899, and a planning application was submitted that year to open a shopfront in the end gable of the adjacent tenement, and extend the shop over the railway line where it passes under Nithsdale Street.

Composite of existing (left) and proposed (right) elevations for the tenement at Pollokshaws Road and Nithsdale Street, 1899. Note the additional detail on the chimney breast, which is still visible. Source: Glasgow City Archives

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Thomson Motor Company

Third in a series about Strathbungo’s motor garages.

In 1920 The Thomson Motor Company submitted plans for a motor garage on the corner of Nithsdale Drive and March Street. The building was a composite design by FD Cowieson of St Rollox, essentially a long shed with curved corrogated iron roof over a steel frame, and concrete clad. Lovely.

Part of plans for garage, showing front and side elevations. Source: Glasgow City Archives 1920/64

The site is odd, a gap site in the ring of Salisbury Quadrant that arose because the Renfrewshire-Lanarkshire border passed through it. Consequently the Stirling-Maxwells, who owned most of the southside in Renfrew county, didn’t own the entire site and so couldn’t sell it for development. They had tried to buy it from the Corporation of Glasgow but were unsuccessful. It isn’t known how the company acquired it, or from whom.

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