Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40244 30573
340244, 730573


Robert Gibson, 1928. 3-storey and basement, H-plan, Edwardian Baroque style educational building, built on falling ground. Red sandstone ashlar facade and dressings, pink stugged and snecked rubble elsewhere, concealed roof. Front elevation, battered base course with band course above, moulded ground floor lintel course and 1st floor cill course; quoin strips to angles at E elevation; wallhead course and corniced

wallhead to all elevations, shallow pedimented parapets to front

elevation pavilions and stepped parapet to centre, angle blocks to sides and rear. Border glazed, top-hopper metal windows.

FRONT ELEVATION: 7-bay, symmetrical. 2-leaf doors to centre with fielded panels, keystoned round-headed fanlight, pilastered doorpiece with consoled segmental canopy, 2 keystoned windows to left and right with cavetto reveals, 5 windows to 1st and 2nd floors set in recessed panels with bays marked by Ionic half columns; single bay pavilions advanced to left and right, channelled to ground floor with round-headed window, window to 1st and 2nd floors (pedimented at 1st)

flanked by 2-storey pilasters with mannered Doric capitals.

E ELEVATION: 3-bay, ground floor masked by church, outer bays blind, centre bay deeply recessed with large stair window, border glazed with leaded panes and frosted glass.

S ELEVATION (ROYAL EXCHANGE LANE): 9-bay, symmetrical. three 2-leaf panelled doors with corbelled cornices flanked by single windows, 9 windows to principal, 1st and 2nd floors in recessed vertical panels. Additional 2-storey single window bay recessed to right.

INTERIOR: large timber doorpiece to gymnasium comprising paired double doors and large segmental fanlight; well stair with steel balusters; oak panelled former Principal's office; boarded dado throughout covered with modern sheet immitation boarding.

Statement of Special Interest

Bonar House was the benefaction of George Bonar for the School of Economics, which eventually was absorbed by Dundee University. The building has also been used by Dundee Institute of Technology.



McKEAN AND WALKER (1993), p48.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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