Buchanan Bridge Club
4 Clairmont Gardens, G3 7LW
1857, in the style of Charles Wilson (Cat A)
The houses in the Park area of Glasgow were built from 1840 onwards and were magnificent spacious properties for Glasgow's most affluent citizens. These substantial homes were largely converted to offices after World War 2, but the Buchanan Bridge Club is a notable exception. No. 4 Clairmont Gardens was a family home for 100 years before being bought by the club, giving you a glimpse of domestic life in that era. It has retained a plethora of lavish original features.
The first owner in 1857 was David Hutcheson who was a steamship owner with an expanding fleet. His home needed to reflect his success, status and to impress. He was one of 'one hundred Glasgow men' in Victorian times whose vision and enterprise transformed Glasgow which became 'The Second City of The Empire'. When David retired his junior partner succeeded him and changed the name of the company. It is now familiar as Calmac.
This is your opportunity not only to see our beautiful building with its splendid architecture, but you can find out much about David Hutcheson and his role in the development of steamships which transformed the economy of the west of Scotland.
We will tell you his story, show you a brief exhibition and you can enjoy a tea or coffee. If you wish, you can also combine your tour with a sample bridge lesson on either Sat or Sun at 2pm.
Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm
Tours: available on request; 15-20 mins
Tour meeting point: Front door
Booking not required
Accessibility: Limited accessibility - 7 steps from street to front door and internal stairs
Facilities: Seating, toilet, refreshments, refreshments
Parking: Free on street parking