Management and construction of poorhouses and almhouses. Containing model plans of a poorhouse and of almshouses designed by Ninian Macwhannell, F.R.I.B.A., I.A., Glasgow ; and specimen plans of existing poorhouse buildings by different architects.
Edinburgh, William Green & Sons 1908.
Large 8vo. xii + 267 + (1)pp, 4 photo plates, 10 + (11) ground plans. Publisher’s cloth, slightly bumped at head and foot of spine.
Only edition of this extensive treatise on the management and construction of “poorhouses”, originally established in Scotland under the Poor Law Act of 1845 to provide supervised institutional accommodation for the very poorest in Scottish society, many of them old or ill. This seems to be the only book on the subject which focuses on the architectural planning of this type of building, and it gives prominence to designs for a “model poorhouse for 400 inmates” by the Glasgow-based architect Ninian Macwhannell. It might be felt that an architect with these improbable names should more readily feature as the fictional hero, victim or villain in a detective novel of the first half of the twentieth century, but Macwhannell (1860-1939) did really exist and conducted a successful architectural practice in Glasgow and its hinterland.