Babbity Bowster Glasgow pub, Blackfriars Street

Babbity Bowster Pub, Blackfriars Street Glasgow, Historic architecture photo, James Adam Architect Scotland

Babbity Bowster Glasgow : Building

Historic Merchant City Building on Blackfriars St, Strathclyde, western Scotland

post updated 12 December 2023 ; 2 September 2023

Location: 16-18 Blackfriars Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Architect: James Adam

Babbity Bowster
Babbity Bowster image © Adrian Welch

Babbity Bowster

Renovated by Nicholas Groves-Raines, 1985

Contact Babbity Bowster: +44 (0)141 552 5055

Pub with beer garden in northeast part of Merchant City not far from George Square.

James Adam Architect

James Adam was brother of Scotland’s most famous ever architect Robert Adam

An early James Adam House in the Merchant City, built in the 1790s. Originally forming the centre of a terrace, it was the only remaining building, completely derelict with the roof and top floor missing. Opened in 1985 this is now a thriving bar with a restaurant and guest rooms. It was awarded the Europa Nostra Silver Medal in 1986, RIAS Regeneration of Scotland Award in 1986 and a Civic Trust Award in 1987.

James Adam (1732-94) was a Scottish architect and furniture designer, but was often overshadowed by his older brother and business partner, Robert Adam. They were sons of architect William Adam. In 1758, Robert, James, and their younger brother William Adam started their business in London (living in Lower Grosvenor Street), focusing on designing complete schemes for the decoration and furnishing of houses.
source: wikipedia

Merchant City Buildings

Merchant City

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picture from architect studio
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Italian Centre
photo © Adrian Welch
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image from GCC
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