WHERE IS IT? Located in the Cessnock area, right next to the subway station on Paisley Road West
Cessnock’s Walmer Crescent remains one of Thomson’s plainest designs. The exterior brick of the curved tenement block lacks any of his detailed motifs.
In place of Thomson's usual stylings, the building is decorated with straight lines, which is odd given the curvature of the building. Thomson also made every entrance protruding, something he usually did only at the ends of the building as a sort of bookend.
It was built as an entirely new street for insurance agent John Hood and was originally home to a number of the city’s merchants after its completion in 1862. The design has been spoiled somewhat by the addition of the single-storey shops on Paisley Road West, built upon the crescent’s garden.
Walmer Crescent is also home to the Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Society, currently located at No.7. To discover more about the organisation and their conservation efforts of Thomson's buildings please visit their website.