Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 44260 31175
344260, 731175


John Murray Robertson 1875. 2-storey and tower with attic, irregular-plan, Italianate villa. Shuttered concrete, grey slate roof. Base course, continuous cill course and hoodmould at 1st floor, some diaper work friezes at 1st floor; plate glass sash and case windows, moulded architraves at ground floor; bracketted eaves, exposed roof collars at gables; flat-roofed tower with balustraded parapet; moulded stacks; cast-iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.

W ELEVATION: 4-bay. Entrance tower in re-entrant with open pilastered porch at ground floor, single windows at 1st floor, paired at 2nd with incised angle capitals; gabled bay at left with 2 windows at ground floor, 3 at 1st; lower 2-storey bay recessed at far left, regrettably modernised and extended; recessed bay at far right with windows at ground and 1st floor.

S ELEVATION: 3-bay. French doors with integral windows flanking at ground floor centre, tripartite window at 1st; full-height, 5-light canted window with piended-roof at far right; projecting gable at far left, full-height rectangular 4-light window with side lights.

E ELEVATION: 3 windows at ground floor and former window opened as door, 4 windows at 1st floor, gablehead at left; slightly advanced lower gable at far right with paired windows at ground and 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: 3-bay, outer bays lower and advanced, plain and considerably altered.

INTERIOR: main staircase removed, some original chimneypieces.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALL: 2 pyramidal capped gatepiers with geometric frieze, quadrants and similar piers flanking; adjoining coped wall at Ralston Road, all of shutteredd concrete construction.

Statement of Special Interest

Beachtower was built for Andrew Adie and later occupied by Lord Provost Hunter who added a conservatory in 1897 (Charles and Leslie Ower, demolished). The house is important as an ealry example of the use of shuttered concrete and therefore A listed; see also Moyness, 76 Grove Road, West Ferry, by the same architect (1876). Beachtower is now sub-divided into 6 flats.



Original drawings at Central Library, Dundee, DD1; McKean and walker (1985), p 103-104.

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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