Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40209 30605
340209, 730605


John Murray Robertson, 1874, extended 1876 to No 4 Victoria Raod. 3-storey and basement commercial block in distinctive manner of Alexander "Greek" Thomson. Ashlar with incised Greek details. Brick-built sides and rear.

ELEVATION TO BELL STREET: symmetrical 5-bay. Centre and outer bays single-light, inner bays 3-light. Central battered doorpiece with pediment and acroteria on diminutive, flanight-level recessed pilasters. Ground floor and basement plain. 1st and 2nd floor windows recessed with incised anthemion band at 1st. Pilastered mullions; pilastered 2nd floor. Anthemion frieze, cornice and parapet. Curved 3-light angle.

ELEVATION TO VICTORIA ROAD: 7-bays, alternatively single and 3 light, similarly detailed, but No 4 without basement: entrance architraved and lined with paterae. Mullions altered at 1st floor, 3rd bay from right.

ELEVATIONS TO RING ROAD AND REAR: blind brick gable, yellow brick with ashlar window dressings to rear.

Slate roofs, ashlar ridge stacks. Windows sash and case 2-pane glazing pattern with decorative wrought-iron bars to basement.

INTERIOR: Offices off 2 light wells, each with flagged platforms on cast-iron columns and rolled steel joists.

Fine cast and wrought-iron stair balusters.

Statement of Special Interest

J M Robertson's first solo commission in Dundee.



McKean and Walker (1984) p46


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. 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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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