Thomson’s existing works are spread across the four corners of the city, and it would be an arduous task to attempt to visit them all in one go. Instead we have designed three walks covering the three areas where his surviving works are clustered – the City Centre, the West End, and the South Side.
Great Western Terrace serves as one of Thomson’s grandest works, and shines as an example of Glasgow architecture from that era. The building was originally comprised of eleven homes, of which Thomson saw eight fully constructed before passing away in 1875.
Westbourne Terrace is not as grand in design as the Great Western Terrace block, but does feature Thomson’s first use of bay windows. It is also an area of great preservation, with the iron railings and lamps having remained intact thanks to a restoration project in 1994.
While it has aged rather poorly compared to Thomson’s other West-End townhouses, Eton Terrace shows off all the motifs typical of Thomson’s flair, such as the joined Greek patterns winding round the stonework, the protruding doorways, and the taller bookended terraces.
The Sixty Steps were designed to connect the higher Kelvinside Terrace with the lower Garriochmill Road, granting access to the Queen Margaret Bridge, which has since been demolished.