Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
Horatio Kelson Bromhead

Bromhead trained as an architect in England, where he held a number of important positions, and worked in York before moving to Glasgow.

He opened an office at 245 St Vincent Street, and in 1880, entered the City Chambers competition with a design for a 'strict Classical' Corinthian temple (motto: Salonica), which failed to win due to the absence of the tower required by the competition rules.

Whilst serving as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, he was joint assessor in the District Libraries competitions with A B McDonald .

Amongst his own buildings are the tenement blocks at 401-35 Sauchiehall Street (c. 1870) and 78-85 Hamilton Drive (1884), and the Highland Light Infantry Volunteers Drill Hall, Hill Street (1897, now Haldane Building, GSA ).

Bromhead's most important building is the colossal, Stewart & MacDonald warehouse, 134-156 Argyle Street (1899-3, now Frasers), which features sculpture by William Vickers , including the bearded and bowed granite Atlas figures at the store's Argyle Street entrance, who themselves quickly aquired the nicknames 'Stewart' and 'MacDonald'.

A keen yachtsman, Bromhead was a member of the Royal Yachting Club and the London based Royal Canoe Club.


Works in our Database:
1: Argyle Street (City Centre),
Fraser's Department Store, 134-56 Argyle street
Pair of Atlantes, narrative tympanum and decorative masks (1899-1903)
Sculptor: W Vickers; Architect: HK Bromhead; Masons: P&W Anderson Ltd
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