Holmwood House is significant for its architectural style, unique to Glasgow and Alexander “Greek” Thomson, and the amazing interior decoration inspired by Classical motifs. Holmwood is the only example of Thomson’s domestic architecture that is open to the public; it is also a very rare surviving example of the architect’s highly decorative interior paint schemes, significant areas of which remain intact.
Thanks to generous support from NTSUSA, the Trust has been able to undertake significant restoration of Holmwood’s original wall and ceiling schemes, particularly in the hallway and adjacent dining room. Work was undertaken in full view of the public, allowing visitors to engage with the process. The results are spectacular and have made a significant difference to the appearance of the property; the site also saw a significant increase in visitation and in membership sales.
The Trust is embarking on a three-year restoration project. In its first year, the project will address:
Restoration of internal stencil work in upper hallway, cupola, dining room ceiling, and hallway ceiling by Robert Howie & Son, as well as paint sampling and other investigatory work $103,000
Restoration of internal decorative schemes for drawing room and parlor, as well as paint investigation in kitchen, pantry, servants’ room, retiring room and investigation into stair and hallway woodwork $134,000
Restoration of carpets in dining room, drawing room, and parlor $28,500 each or $85,500
Enhancement of visitor experience, including better display and use of former kitchen $39,000
Interpretation plan to position Holmwood within its regional context $70,500