Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
Peddie & Kinnear
(fl. 1848-94)

Edinburgh based architectural practice formed between John Dick Peddie (1824-91) and Charles George Hood Kinnear (1830-94), later becoming Kinnear & Peddie, 1878, and joined by Peddie's Son, John More Dick Peddie (1853-1921), who continued the firm into the 20th Century before partnering Sir George Washington Browne .

Hugely prolific, they received commissions for buildings of every type throughout Scotland and designed in all the fashionable styles.

For Glasgow, they designed some of the city's most elegant Classical churches: Elgin Place Congregational Church (1855-6, dem.); Sydney Place UP Church (1856, dem.); and Trinity Duke Street UP Church, now Kirkhaven (1858), and some interesting commercial buildings.

The latter includes the City of Glasgow Assurance Building, 28a Renfield Street (1871-2), which incorporated a statue of St Mungo by G E Ewing , a statue of St Andrew by William Brodie and classical carver-work by C B Grassby ; the unadorned business chambers at 20-40 West Nile Street (1872); and the Blythswoodholme Hotel, 91-115 Hope Street (1876-7), which was later converted to offices and shops by J D Peddie, 1890, losing a pair of reclining figures (probably by Grassby ) in the process from above its main entrance.

J M Dick Peddie's contribution to the city after both partners' deaths includes the National Bank (now Post Office), 47 St Vincent Street (1898-1900), with a colossal Scottish Arms by A H Hodge , and the Scottish Provident Building, 17-29 St Vincent Place (1906).

Outwith Glasgow, their important commissions include, the Ebenezer Erskine Monument, Stirling (1858-9), with sculpture by A H Ritchie ; Greenock Sheriff Court and County Buildings (1864-7); Aberdeen Municipal and County Buildings (1866-74); and Kirkudbright Town Hall (1878). As well as banks, churches, Baronial houses and Classical and Renaissance commercial buildings.

Kinnear lived at 114-116 Trinity Road, Edinburgh, which he designed in 1858.


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