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David Rhind

(c. 1808—1883) architect


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(c. 1808–83). Scots architect who studied under A. C. Pugin and the Edinburgh architect George Smith (1793–1877). He set up his own practice in 1834, and seems to have had some sort of business arrangement with Gillespie Graham. He designed the handsome Doric Scott Monument, George Square, Glasgow (1838), for which the sculptor Alexander Handyside Ritchie (1804–70) carved Scott's statue. For the Commercial Bank he designed two great buildings: the head office in George Street, Edinburgh (1843–7—later the Royal Bank of Scotland and now the Dome Restaurant—with its noble Roman Corinthian hexastyle portico and palatial interior with decorations by David Ramsay Hay (1798–1866)); and the grandly opulent branch in Gordon Street, Glasgow (1853–7—a sumptuous palazzo with sculpture carved by Ritchie, some of which was designed by Barry's protégé, John Thomas (1813–62)). For Daniel Stewart's College, Dean, Edinburgh (1846–8), he chose a lavish Jacobethan style, and for the head office of the Life Association of Scotland he and Barry designed a lavish Venetian Renaissance palazzo at 82 Princes Street, Edinburgh (1855–9—unhappily destroyed in the 1960s). Rhind designed several houses, the best of which is probably the Scottish Baronial Carlowrie Castle, West Lothian (1851–5). Among his town planning schemes, the Picturesque layout of the residential area of Pollokshields, Glasgow (1849), should be cited.

From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Architecture.


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