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Past and present As Glasgow 1999 prepares to celebrate the work of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in a major exhibition, one of his finest domestic designs has been adapted for modern living

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's celebrated 'Double Villa' was one of his most inventive and successful creations. Built as 'Maria Villa' in 1856-57 in the new suburb of Langside on the south side of Glasgow, it was both an accomplished domestic essay in Thomson's newly adopted abstracted Grecian manner and an inspired reinvention of the concept of a double- villa.

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