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Trades Hall Glasgow Building

Historic Building by Robert Adam for Robert Haldane, Strathclyde, Scotland

post updated 8 December 2023

Location: 85-91 Glassford Street

Trades Hall History

Built to the designs of Robert Adam between 1791 and 1794, the Trades’ Hall was built to house the federation of Glasgow’s fourteen trades, collectively known as the Trades’ House.

Photo from 2 Jun 2012:

Trades' Hall
Historic Robert Adam building photo © Adrian Welch

The Hall is located on Glassford Street, in Glasgow City Centre.

Trades Hall Glasgow Building Design

Trades Hall Glasgow photo from Feb 2011

Trades Hall
85-91 Glassford Street building photograph © Adrian Welch

The Trades’ Hall is the only remaining Adam built property in Glasgow and has undergone extensive interior renovation in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It is generally open on Doors Open Day.

Address: Trades Hall, 85-91 Glassford St, Glasgow

Location: west side of Merchant City

Robert Adam Architect

Robert Adam, Architect (1728-92)

born Kirkcaldy; buried in Westminster Abbey
Robert Adam was not only the leading Scottish architect of the 18th century – and exponent of the Classical Georgian style – but remains Scotland’s most famous architect. He became architect to George III.

Robert Adam was born in 1728 in Kircaldy but his family moved that year to Edinburgh. He attended Edinburgh High School from 1734 and joined Edinburgh University in 1743.

Robert joined John as an architect apprentice to his father William Adam in 1746. Robert Adam’s father died in 1748 and was buried at Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh. Robert then became John’s partner in the family business. The Adam brothers’ first major commission started in 1750 at Hopetoun House, west of Edinburgh.

Robert Adams’ Trades Hall is right in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City

Glasgow Building Designs

Contemporary Glasgow Property Designs – recent Strathclyde architectural selection below:

Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow School of Art

Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, southwest of the city centre
Burrell Museum

Architecture close by to the northwest of the Trades Hall:

Royal Exchange Square

Building close by to the north of this historic property:

Brunswick Hotel Glasgow
Brunswick Hotel
photo : Keith Hunter

Bathhouse Glasgow, Merchant City Bathhouse Arts Centre
Bathouse Arts Centre Glasgow
photo : Neale Smith

Merchant City Buildings

Contemporary Glasgow Merchant City Architectural Designs – recent Strathclyde property selection from this website:

Panopticon, Argyle Street

Candleriggs Square Apartments, Merchant City
Candleriggs Square Apartments Merchant City

Glasgow Cross, Alba Town
Glasgow Cross

Ingram Square Flats, centre of the Merchant City
Ingram Square Flats

Trongate 103, Argyle Street
Trongate 103

City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, 100 Candleriggs, Merchant City
City Halls, Merchant City

Hutchesons Hospital, 158 Ingram St, G1 1EJ
Hutchesons Hospital

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