CURRENT EXHIBITION: Tales of Tenements

Glasgow City Heritage Trust, in partnership with John Gilbert Architects, is hosting an exhibition of drawings and models showing traditional tenement types, details and scenes. John Gilbert’s illustrations for the Tenement Handbook, Historic Environment Scotland and a myriad of local authorities provide a characterful and clear insight into the arrangement and construction of tenements, and have been an invaluable resource for those looking to understand or explain these buildings over the years.

Tales of Tenements will tell the story of John Gilbert’s first forays into architecture and activism as a young man growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s, before moving to Glasgow in 1976 and becoming involved with ASSIST and community action groups campaigning for healthy and well-maintained homes.

John worked on tenement restoration projects throughout Glasgow and co-authored the Tenant’s Handbook and the Tenement Handbook whilst at ASSIST, before setting up John Gilbert Architects in 1992.

The exhibition will include drawings of iconic Glasgow tenements such as Caledonian Mansions by James Miller on Great Western Road, and 33-35 Saltoun Street by Adam & Short (made famous by Avril Paton’s ‘Windows on the West’ painting) as well as found photographs and objects from John’s personal collection.

Prints of a selection of John’s drawings will be on sale, with 50% of the proceeds going to support the Glasgow City Heritage Trust’s ongoing work.


20th April – 30th June 2018
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

Glasgow City Heritage Trust
 54 Bell Street
G1 1LQ


In 2018 John Gilbert Architects is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We are delighted to be partnering with John Gilbert Architects to deliver an exhibition and a programme of events to celebrate John and the firm’s contribution both to the preservation of Glasgow’s built heritage and the welfare of it’s inhabitants.

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