Little is known of Belretiro as it was demolished and rebuilt, first for George Martin, a Glasgow tobacco merchant, in c1818, and to the designs of an unknown architect, and then it was rebuilt, secondly in a baronial style in 1842-46 to designs by John Burnet (1814-1901). Later additions were made for Mr Chrystal, a chemical manufacturer, by Alexander Nisbet Paterson (1862-1947) in 1902-3. Auchendennan House, as it came to be known, was used as an anti-aircraft headquarters during the Second World War, and was then taken over by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association. It is now the Loch Lomond Conference Centre and Youth Hostel.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 4, 86; F. Arneil Walker, The buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute, 2000, pp. 111-12; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 215; British listed buildings online: ‘Auchendennan House with Conservatory, Terrace Wall, Fountain, Statuary'
Frances Sands, 2013
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).