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- Category: B
- Date Added: 11/07/1961
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Burgh: Dumfries
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NX 97446 76025
- Coordinates: 297446, 576025
Thomas Boyd of Dumfries, 1790-2; theatre, re-modelled by
C J Phipps of London, 1876; repaired by Colin Morton,
1959-60, after fire damage. Rectangular-plan, original
W gabled elevation remodelled by Phipps, original portico
replaced by full width 2-storey range, one bay in depth
and with clasping pilasters, with 3 large round-arched
doorways, band at impost level; 1st floor central pilastrade; string/band courses; dentilled cornice and piended roof;
long S flank to Queen Street also altered, but with original
rusticated quoins at SE corner. Mainly rendered with ashlar
dressings; all painted. Slate roofs.
Interior: mostly by Morton; decorative iron gallery
front by Phipps survives; stage at E end. Extension to NE.
Statement of Special Interest
Inscribed medallion held in Dumfries Museum shows original
appearance. Said to be the oldest surviving purpose-built
theatre in Scotland; frequented by Robert Burns who took an
active role in its establishment. Re-opened after fire
MacDowall, HISTORY OF DUMFRIES, 1867, p. 703. H Colvin,
BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840,
1978, p. 128. Ed MacIntosh and Sell, CURTAINS, 1982, p. 114.
Dickie, DUMFRIES, n.d. (3rd ed), p. 116.
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