Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 21902 62910
321902, 862910


Thomas Mackenzie, 1842. Additions, 1896. Alterations and

additions, A Marshall Mackenzie and Son, 1920.

Italianate; all polished ashlar, channelled at ground floor.

Museum rising through 2 storeys, 3 stage square tower to

E with shallow pyramidal roof and 3 round chimneys linked by

coping. Square central porch in front (S) gable;

3 tall round-headed windows above moulded cill course with

band course at springing continuing across tower. Single

storey wing to right; lunette clerestory N and S.

Tower, S elevation; 1st floor window with blind

balustrade, pilaster strips and bracketted cornice;

lunette at base of 3rd stage with 3 tall round-headed

windows above (2 outer blind); E elevation as S, but 1st

floor window and lunette blind.

INTERIOR: original main hall with gallery on 3 sides

approached by T-plan staircase near original colour

scheme restored 1979.

Additional hall to N (1896), rubble with top light.

Museum Hall (dated 1921); single storey; ashlar; some

channelled pilasters; corniced entrance on S elevation.

Statement of Special Interest

Corner site with High Street and North College Street.

Property of The Moray Society, formerly The Elgin and

Morayshire Literary and Scientific Associated founded 1836.

Tower contained custodian's quarters, now gutted.

Former Item 29 (1981 Revised List).




COURIER Feb 9, 1842. Advertisement for tenders. Further

information by courtesy of The Buildings of Scotland

Research Unit.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 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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