Listed Building

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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 list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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