James Salmon (1805-1888) was an architect and councillor.
Salmon was elected to the Town Council in 1860. He was the first convenor of the Libraries Committee.
As an architect, Salmon was most famous for his work in the Italian Renaissance style, and his buildings include the Woodilee Asylum, the Magdalen Institution and the restoration of Paisley Abbey. He was also respected for his involvement in civic affairs. He advocated the creation of working class housing estates on the outskirts of Glasgow, and during the 1850s he prepared ambitious (but never fully realised) feuing plans for the suburb of Dennistoun and for the Kelvinside Estate Co. He was one of the architects who acted as advisors to the City Improvement Trust and was himself a Trustee.
Salmon wrote poetry and was Captain of the Glasgow Golf Club. His son, James Salmon Jr (1873-1924) also made his name as an architect.
Reference: Mitchell Library, 920.04BAI
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