Last week we made a start on installing a set of windows in a Grade A Listed house, designed (and lived in) lived in by John Pirie.
Pirie's most famous buildings include Queens Cross Kirk in Aberdeen, Fraserburgh South Kirk and no. 50 Queens Road, Aberdeen (a house he designed for the famous Aberdeen-based, Arts & Crafts-inspired builder, John Morgan). He was also responsible for many domestic buildings in Aberdeen, including large sections of Argyll Place and Hamilton Place.
Pirie's buildings were often notable for their extensive ornamentation in the form of carved granite nuatural forms - shells, palms and daisy rondels.
As the property is A-Listed (in part because it was the home of Pirie and his family), the new stained glass required planning permission. The original glass had been replaced in the 70's with a textured clear glass, so we were able to work from a brief from the client, to produce windows that would suit the property and neighbouring windows, but which were not faux-Victorian.
The initial installation of two sidelights has been done, and we have a large quarried transom with a gilded number to install shortly. The second phase of wortk involves a door light and "porthole" window (Pirie's father was a sea-captain) with painted daisy rondels, echioing the stone rondels on the outside of the property.