Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
Planning Authority
Perth And Kinross
NO 11524 23658
311524, 723658


Late 18th century. 2-storey, 3-bay Classical, symmetrical former Glasite meeting house with lower, recessed 2-storey entrance bay to right (currently dance studio, 2009). Roughly coursed sandstone with raised, smooth painted margins. Upper storey with 3 Venetian windows. Pair of panelled timber leaf doors with rectangular fanlights above.

Plaque on wall with 'THIS BUILDING WAS GLASITE MEETING HOUSE 1839-1929' (see Notes).

INTERIOR: (seen, 2009). Interior divided into dance studios and dressing rooms. Dog-leg stair with timber banister and decorative metal balusters. Timber flooring understood to be in situ.

Predominantly multi-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Gable stacks, raised skews.

Statement of Special Interest

Dating from the late 18th century, this former Glasite Meeting House is an important Classical style building and is also notable as one of the few surviving Glasite meeting houses. The three prominent Venetian windows to the upper storey and the retention of the roofscape and chimney stacks contribute to the building's significant streetscape presence. The building seems to have been occupied by the Glasites from 1839-1929, as the exterior plaque suggests, but the building is apparent on the John Wood Map of 1823, and it may be that it had an earlier purpose. The Glasites existed in Perth from around the mid 18th century.

The Glasites were one of the earliest seceders from the Church of Scotland and were founded by the Rev John Glas, a Perthshire minister around mid 18th century. Glasite Meeting houses were built in various towns in Scotland including Edinburgh, Dundee and Galashiels. The sect gradually diminished in numbers over the 20th century.

The Meeting house in Perth later became the Session House and halls for St Paul's Church, situated opposite (see separate listing). It is currently a dance studio (2009).

List description updated as part of Perth Burgh resurvey, 2010.



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map, 1860. John Wood Map of City of Perth, 1823. J E Macmillan, Know Your Perth, 1979, p39. John Gifford, Buildings of Scotland: Perth & Kinross, 2007 p622. Other information courtesy of owner.

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