Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - 132-134
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 3763 58913
303763, 858913


A and W Reid, 1868-70. Italian Renaissance. 2 storeys, 3-bay

entrance to N, 6-bay elevation to Tolbooth Street. Finely

stugged ashlar with polished ashlar dressings, rubble flanks

to S and E. Vitruvian scroll between ground and 1st floors,

rosettes in frieze, cornice, die parapet with terminal

finials to both facades.

N FACADE: shallow advanced centre bay with paved Roman Doric

columned portico; pilastered and shafted round-arched

tripartite above, with broad outer pilaster strips supporting

frieze inscribed "Falconer Museum" and pediment enclosing

portrait bust and crowning anthemion. Outer bays with round-

arched pilastered windows in each floor, shell decoration and portrait-mask keystone at ground, 1st floor windows recessed

in panels.

W ELEVATION: similar details, 2 centre bays advanced with

panelled parapet; all 1st floor windows bipartite. Piended

slate roof.

Statement of Special Interest

The Museum was founded by bequests by Alexander Falconer in

1856, and by his brother, Dr Hugh Falconer. W facade

commemorate's (left to right) Hugh Miller, Sir Walter Scott,

Sir Davie Brewster, Edmund Forbes, Dr John Malcolmson and

James Watt.

Former Item 133 (1983 Revised List)



INVERNESS ADVERTISER, Sept 18, 1868. Advertisement for

tenders. Groome, ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, iii, (1883)

p.48 J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), p.257.

Plans with Elgin Library, Forres, DAW P2141.

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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