Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
Robert William Horn

Born in Glasgow, he trained as an architect with H & D Barclay , becoming their chief assistant.

In 1896, he became an assistant to A B McDonald in the City Engineerís office, and worked for Glasgow Corporation for the rest of his career.

As well as assisting in the design of many of the Corporationís buildings and public works, he was responsible for designing the combined Kingston Public Halls, Public Library and Police Office, 330-46 Paisley Road, which features an extensive scheme of figurative and portrait sculpture by Richard Ferris (1904).

This includes a full-length allegorical statue representing Literature, a fine relief of the Glasgow Arms, and portrait reliefs of prominent politicians (the latter added in 1907).

Another of his projects in 1904 was the remodelling of the historic Ship Bank tenement in the Saltmarket.

A pioneering housing expert, he was responsible for designing the houses and layout for the garden suburbs of Riddrie and Mosspark (1913-27).

Horn became Chief Architect of Glasgow Corporationís Housing Department in 1919, its Assistant Director in 1923, and eventually its Director in 1928.

Elected ARIBA in 1895, he died on 4th January 1932.


Works in our Database:
#239 1: Paisley Road (Kinning Park),
Former Kingston Halls, Public Library and Police Office, 330-46 Paisley Road
Allegorical Figure of Learning and Three Portrait Medallions
(1904, statue; 1907, medallions)

Sculptor: R Ferris; Architect: RW Horn; Builders: Morrison & Muir
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