Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40680 30319
340680, 730319


John Taylor and James Leslie 1842-3, extended by C and L Ower 1884.

Greek Revival Ionic customs house, 3-storey ashlar-built with channelled ground floor, architraved windows over, corniced at 1st. Coursed rubble rear. Full entablature with dentil cornice to 3 sides,

simple main cornice to rear.

ELEVATION TO DOCK STREET: 13-bay, centre 3 project with tetrastyle Greek Ionic portico over arcaded and wreathed ground floor. Central Custom House door with royal arms in typanum. Royal arms in main pediment (recarved by Graciella Ainsworth, 1992). Advanced arched entrances at 3rd and 11th bays, scroll-supported 1st floor consoled and pedimented windows over with balustraded aprons.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay with similar arched entrance and scroll-supported window over. Segmental arched coach-house entrance to right with balustraded parapet.

E ELEVATION: extended for Harbour Board by C and L Ower 1884 from 3 to 5 bays, consoled and pedimented windows at 2nd and 4th bays of 1st floor. Ground floor arched entrance moved to single-storey 4-bay wing, not channelled, with parapet.

REAR: coursed rubble, ashlar margined windows and main cornice.

Advanced 4-bay elevation to the Ower addition. Rubble-built S boundary wall with circa 1920 single-storey harled garage added to S.

Piended slate roof with ashlar ridge stacks. Sash and case windows, 12-pane glazing pattern.

INTERIOR: pilastered vestibule to Custom House. Harbour Trust Boardroom formed 1884 with fine timber chimneypiece, plaster ceiling remodelled, with unicorns, by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art circa 1950.

Wrought and cast-iron railings to side elevations.

Statement of Special Interest

W end of building, formerly occupied by Dundee Harbour Trust Dundee/Port Authority, and the E end the Custom House, the second largest in Scotland after Greenock.

Wrought-iron gates to E listed separately under East Dock Street.



Original plans in DARC, Dundee Harbour Board papers, and in Wellgate Local History Library; Dundee Advertiser, 1 May 1884.

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)

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.

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