Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40019 29912
340019, 729912


George Mathewson, 1835; apse by C J Menart, 1921. Rectangular-plan aisleless cathedral with Gothic facade, basement halls and 4-storey, 5-bay presbytery adjoined to S gable. Pale sandstone ashlar facade, rubble sides with ashlar dressings, grey slate roof. Tall Tudor-arch traceried windows with hoodmoulds and mask label stops to front elevation; buttresses with crocketted finials to front elevation, coped

parapet with cross-finial to centre gable, crenellated and sloping

to sides, ashlar-coped skew to rear.

FRONT ELEVATION: 3-bay. 2-leaf doors to slightly advanced ground floor centre bay with vertically-astragalled fanlight, multiple-moulded pointed-arch doorpiece with nook shafts and crocketted ogival hoodmould rising through crenellated parapet, stepped 3-light window above; single window over paired canopied niches to flanking bays;

Tudor-arched door to left and right return bays.

SIDE ELEVATIONS: 5 margined nave windows over bipartites to basement.

INTERIOR: wide aisle-less nave; plastered timber roof on corbelled bosses; rear gallery on 4-centred arch arcade of clustered columns. Nook-shafted windows with some stained glass by William Wilson, 1957-71. Painted panels of SS Margaret, Catherine and George; Stations of the Cross. Gothic altars of the Sacred Heart and of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Timber traceried altar rail; marble pulpits. 4-pointed Sanctuary arch with nook shafts on angel corbels; coloured

marble and timber panelled apse, remodelled 1921; traceried High Altar with curved painted reredos.

PRESBYTERY: adjoining S gable of cathedral, pierced at 4th floor and roof level by the apse. 3-storey raised to 4-storey, 5-bay, centre bay recessed with fanlight over later projecting pedimented porch. Leaded glass tripartite over. Harled stair drum added 1921 rises through 1st and 2nd floors. Flat roof with railed parapet. Canted harled apse to roof with pointed arch windows and incised cross. Rubble-built gables with circa 1870 channelled ashlar porch added to E. Gable end stacks.

Timber 12-pane sash and case windows.

FORMER SEA WALL: forms boundary wall to S, originally the sea wall of the Town Hospital. 18th century; random rubble, ashlar entrance, later garage door to E.

Statement of Special Interest

St Andrew's Cathedral is an ecclesiastical building in use as such. Dundee's first post-Reformation Roman Catholic church, elevated to cathedral status in 1924. During the 1840s the basement halls housed the only Catholic school in the city. The cathedral is built on the site of the old Town Hospital.




About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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