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Glasgow, 638-646 Govan Road, Napier House

Residential Building (19th Century), Shop (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Glasgow, 638-646 Govan Road, Napier House

Classification Residential Building (19th Century), Shop (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) 3 Napier Street; 33-35 Clydebrae Street

Canmore ID 167347

Site Number NS56NE 1772

NGR NS 55788 65525

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Govan (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Napier House, 638-646 Govan Road, 1898, W J Anderson

Glasgow Style red ashlar former seaman's lodging house over shops. Experimental non-reinforced concrete construction. Govan Road section heightened, 1905, George Simpson, for telephone exchange.

Taken from "Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Sam Small, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press


Complete Demolition (August 2009)

Demolition of Napier House, Govan Road, Glasgow.

Laser Scanning (20 May 2009)

A 3-D laser scan of Napier House was undertaken by Historic Scotland.

Information from Historic Scotland, 20 May 2009

Publication Account (2009)

Napier House, a model lodging house of 1898–99 between Govan Road and Clydebrae Street (fig 5.36; see Williamson et al 1990, 598). Common lodging houses had provided for the thousands of single, itinerant men taking work in the city. Many of these became notorious ‘flea barracks’ and ‘fever dens’, prompting the construction of improved ‘model’ accommodation from the 1870s (Fraser and Maver 1996b, 375). This one is built in part of mass concrete.

Information from ‘The Scottish Burgh Survey, Historic Govan: Archaeology and Development’ (2009).


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