J. J. Stevenson
Stevenson was born at Glasgow, the son of James Stevenson, a merchant of Glasgow and his wife Jane Stewart Shannan, daughter of Alexander Shannan, merchant of Greenock. He studied with David Bryce and Sir George Gilbert Scott. He practised architecture in Glasgow and, from 1870, in London. He is particularly associated with the British Queen Anne revival style.
Author of the architecture text, House Architecture (1880), Stevenson also wrote on town planning and the preservation of historic buildings, criticising the "dull and uninteresting" architecture of his age and the "infatuation for making streets straight".
He also designed the interiors of several ocean liners.
Stevenson's work in Scotland was mainly ecclesiastical, including the design of churches in Gilmerton, Crieff, Perth, Stirling, and Glasgow. His work in England was mainly domestic and educational buildings in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
His buildings include:
- Kelvinside Parish Church, Great Western Road, Glasgow (1862)
- Palace Gate, Kensington, London (1873–75)
- Jamaican High Commission in London, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London (1876)
- South side of Cadogan Square, London (1879–85)
- Green House, Banbury Road, Oxford (home of T.H. Green, 1881)
- Balliol Croft (now Marshall House), off Madingley Road, Cambridge (home of Alfred Marshall, 1886)
- Heycock Wing, New Museums Site, University of Cambridge (1886–88)
- Stevenson Building, Christ's College, Cambridge (1888–89)
- Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, Belmont Street Bridge, Glasgow (1898–1902)
- JJ Stevenson (1889) On laying-out streets for convenience of traffic and architectural effect. Royal Institute of British Architects, Transactions 5, new series: 89-104. Headnotes by John W Reps
- Glasgow City of Sculpture: John James Stevenson (1831–1908)
- Arts and Crafts Home: Aesthetic Movement Architecture
- V&A Architecture Trail
- British History Online: From 1865 to 1900
- Cambridge 2000: Lucy Cavendish College: Madingley Road: Marshall House (Balliol Croft).
- Cambridge 2000 Project
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