The Merchants House, the third building of that name, is situated at the corner of George Square and West George Street.
The original Merchants Hall was built about 1600 as a meeting place for the merchants and also as a “Hospital” in the older sense of the word; that is as an Almshouse for Merchants and their families who had fallen on hard times.
After the Almshouse had attracted several endowments the Hall was rebuilt in the 1650’s to a design by Sir William Bruce of Kinross, architect to Charles Π.
It had ground floor lodgings for four old couples, but most of the charity of the House was expended on pensions.
As a result of disagreements over a new site, it was not until 1843 that the new hall was opened in Hutcheson Street, between the Glasgow City Chambers and the Glasgow Sheriff Court House for Lanarkshire.
It was here that Chopin gave his only piano recital in Glasgow. In 1870 the building was reluctantly sold to the Town Council to allow for an expanding civic administration.
For a time meetings were held in the Chamber of Commerce Hall in Virginia Street. Since 1813 the Merchants House had been participating in the scheme to develop George Square. In 1877 the new Merchants House building was complete.
The design by John Burnet included offices for the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
Substantial alterations were made in 1908 by Burnet’s son, also John, when two storeys were added and the building became that seen today.
The building itself is fantastic. During our initial refurbishment, we were privileged to tour the whole building.
Unbelievable facilities for a venue to host gatherings and events. If you are interested please contact the team and they will cater to your every need.