Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 57901 65873
257901, 665873


Wm B Whitie, 1906-11. Edwardian Baroque public library.

3 storeys and basement. Symmetrical. Square plan, later

infilling in 2 parts up to facade of former St Andrew's

Halls, now Mitchell Library. 18 bays with 2 7-bay returns.

Polished light ashlar, channelled at ground floor, granite

plinth. Sash and case and casement windows, multi-light


MAIN ELEVATION: bays arranged 3-3-6-3-3, bowed centre,

advanced and raised ends with giant order of semi-engaged

Roman Doric columned main entrance, scroll keyblocked

doorpiece with rusticated bands, triglyph frieze, mutule

cornice, parapet with seated figure sculpture by John

Miller (London) breaking through keyblocked staircase

windows above cupola dome with elliptically-headed,

keyblocked, windows, standing figure sculpture by T J

Clapperton (London).

LINKING BAYS: ground floor windows keyblocked with flat

voussoirs, corniced 1st floor windows, architraved 2nd

floor windows, bracketted cornice balustrade.

OUTER ADVANCED BAYS: giant Ionic columns in antis

through 1st and 2nd floors. Corniced 1st floor windows,

scroll keyblocked 2nd floor windows, dentil band,

modillion cornice and balustrade. 7-bay return elevations

continuing main detailing with giant order of columns

as main elevation. Keyblocked entrances in W bays.

INTERIOR: open well circular staircase with stone

balustraded parapet. Extensive wood-carving in public

areas, main reading room and Jeffrey Library. Coved

ceilings with plasterwork escutcheons.

Statement of Special Interest

Joinery and Carpentry John Cochrane. Mahogany bookcases...

Wylie and Lochead, marble linings Galbraith and Winton.



S.R. Archives, D of G 2/632, 1906.

Information by courtesy of Building of Scotland Research


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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