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Cullen Lochhead and Brown

551 406

Description Cullen Lochhead and Brown

Collection Cullen Lochhead and Brown

Catalogue Number 551 406

Category All Other

System of Arrangement Only a small part of the collection has been catalogued. This is arranged by building type at group level, then by individual site or project at sub-group level. From there material is either item or batch listed, or further grouped into appropriate sub-groups.

Access Conditions There are currently no restrictions governing access to the collection.

Administrative History The architectural practice of Cullen, Lochhead and Brown was founded in 1900 by Alexander Cullen, at Brandon Chambers, Hamilton. Over its century of business the firm worked mainly on a variety of projects across mainly central Scotland, especially the Lanarkshire and Lothian regions, with a few exceptions. Alexander Cullen was born on 18 June 1856, at Craigneuk, Wishaw, the son of William Cullen and his wife Mary Hill. He began as an apprentice builder but thereafter attended Glasgow University to study architecture, and from 1876 was practicing on his own account. He opened an office in Clyde Street, Motherwell in the early 1880s and in 1898-1899 Cullen designed Brandon Chambers, on Brandon Street in Hamilton, with Motherwell becoming a branch office. The Hamilton office was founded in 1900 by Alexander Cullen under his own name, and in 1902 he assumed his chief and senior assistants, James Lochhead and William Brown, as partners. The practice remained as Alexander Cullen until 1908 when Lochhead and Brown also gave their names to the firm and the practice became known as Alex Cullen, Lochhead and Brown. Between the years of 1900 and 1911 the practice attracted many prestigious projects, most notably the Municipal Buildings at Hamilton (1905), Hamilton Carnegie Library and Hamilton Parish Council Chambers (1906), the Masonic Temple in Hamilton (1907), the Western District Hospital in Glasgow (1907), and Hamilton Academy (1910). The practice also won a prestigious competition for Blackpool Public Library and Art Gallery, design and construction of which was completed in 1911. In 1911 Alexander Cullen died and the firm continued under the partnership of James Lochhead and William Brown, a number of years later the practice changing its name to Cullen, Lochhead and Brown. Further competitions were won under the direction of Lochhead, namely further work on Hamilton Academy and Bluewave School in Glasgow.

Finding Aids An Excel listing of the collection is available.

Accruals No further accruals expected.

Accession Number 2011/128


Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 406) Cullen Lochhead and Brown

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
All Other 551 406/2 Archive relating to ecclesiastical buildings Group Level
All Other 551 406/4 Archive relating to domestic houses & buildings Group Level
All Other 551 406/6 Plans, Elevations, Sections and sketches for various projects including, Serviston House, The Donald Institute, Primitive Methodist Church, Blantyre Co-Operative Society, Museum at Strathaven, Premises 108 and 112 Cadzow Street Hamilton, house at Larkhall, Strathaven Burial Ground and Stathaven Public Hall 1895 Batch Level
All Other 551 406/1 Archive relating to public buildings Group Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images DP 109476 Sectional blueprint for plan of urinal range design, drawing number 11,186. 5/5/1906 Item Level
Prints and Drawings DC 54866 Plans and sketch elevation for shop premises for John C Cooper 3/1908 Item Level
Prints and Drawings DC 54870 Elevatons, sections and plans showing alterations to the Motor Coach Works, Strathaven 3/1917 Item Level
Manuscripts MS 6326 Publication highlighting the works of Alex Cullen. Item Level
Prints and Drawings DC 54818 Sectional blueprint for plan of urinal range design, drawing number 11,186. 5/5/1906 Item Level
Prints and Drawings DC 54819 Designs for light fittings in the Council Chamber, Entrance Hall and Main Staircase, Back Outside lantern, and Entrance Ceiling Light in Vestibule. Item Level
All Other 551 406/5 Archive relating to early work and studies Group Level
All Other 551 406/3 Archive relating to educational buildings Group Level
All Other 551 406/7 Archive relating to entertainment, social and leisure establishments Group Level
Manuscripts MS 7939 Cullen, Lochhead and Brown: A History of Architects and Architecture by George H.E. Hall c. 1989 Item Level
Prints and Drawings DC 54977 Sketch of Glasgow Cathedral Crypt. 1869 Item Level
All Other 551 406/8 Notebooks Group Level

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