Cost: $65 (reception with hors d'oeuvres and drink; cash bar)
It seems fitting for a conference that began on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 149th birthday to close with a celebration of the important architectural anniversaries that we celebrate in 2017. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Glasgow's other architectural giant, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson; the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth; and is also the centenary year for I.M. Pei. Come join us for a birthday party in their honor—and by extension in the honor of other architects, engineers, builders, and patrons whose work is at the center of our study.
This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the original Botanic Gardens at Sandyford by the Royal Botanical Institution of Glasgow, so the most fitting venue for our celebration is the current Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and its iconic Kibble Palace. The Kibble Palace was originally built by architects John Boucher and James Cousland for the Victorian engineer and entrepreneur John Kibble for his home at Coulport on the shores of Loch Long. Kibble donated his 'Crystal Art Palace' to the city of Glasgow in 1871, when the glasshouse was moved and expanded for its new site in the fashionable West End. Legend has it that John Kibble retained the right to hold parties in the Palace even when it was moved to its new public site, so the building has just the right heritage for our celebration!