Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Mains And Strathmartine
NO 38684 35077
338684, 735077


John Turnbull Maclaren, 1900. Tall 2-storey and attic, 2-storey and single storey, 11-bay administration block with pavilion roof and shaped gables, and 3 2-storey, 2-bay, piend-roofed wards. Stugged squared and snecked rubble with ashlar dressings. Deep bull-faced rubble base course, 1st floor cill course and band course. Stone transoms and mullions.


SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Pavilion-roofed centre bays with dwarf walls flanking stone steps leading to 3-bay porch with pilastered and keystoned round-headed doorpiece, 2-leaf panelled timber door and sunburst-astragalled fanlight flanked by transomed tripartites and single transomed windows to outer returns, all surmounted by deep corniced blocking course. 1st floor with transomed bipartite windows to each bay, centre bay above with bipartite window breaking eaves into piended dormerhead, outer bays with flat-roofed dormers (replacement windows) also breaking eaves. Flanking 2-storey bays slightly set-back, each with transomed bipartite window to centre flanked by single windows at each floor (only those to ground transomed), that to 1st floor breaking eaves into piended dormerhead. Projecting single storey outer bays, each with 5-part canted transomed window below corniced blocking course and shaped gable with arrowslit in gablehead, rounded bay with 2 narrow lights to inner re-entrant angles and 4 single windows to outer returns.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: largely comprised of variety of later extensions.

4-, 8-, 10-pane and plate glass glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Ashlar-coped skews; overhanging eaves with exposed rafters; finials; cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers.


SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATIONS: wards to SE of administration building each with advanced piended bay to right of centre with swept roof to 5-part canted window at ground, tripartite above and single window to each floor of left return, recessed bay with tripartite window at ground and bipartite at 1st floor. Ward to NW mirrors the above.

SE AND NW ELEVATIONS: symmetrically-fenestrated elevations with variety of elements including full-height, polygonal-roofed canted stair tower to outer ward at SE.

NE (REAR) ELEVATIONS: stepped elevations with variety of elements including some original glazing and later extensions.

Horizontal 14-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Overhanging eaves with exposed rafters; finials; cast-iron downpipes.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly thought to be by James Maclaren but due to late date and stylistic similarities, now attributed to John Turnbull MacLaren of MacLaren, Soutar & Salmond. The foundation stone of the current building was laid on the 13th June, 1900. Founded by Sir John and Lady Jane Ogilvie in 1852, and formerly known as the 'Baldovan Institution', the hospital also provided an orphanage and place of education for imbecile children, constituting the first serious attempt of its kind in Scotland. In 1853 the Ogilvies provided a new building for the hospital, designed by Coe and Godwin in the English domestic Tudor style, in the grounds of Baldovan House. The foundation stone was laid on the 7th July, 1853. The success of the hospital led to the above detailed complex being added to the north at the turn of the century. The hospital was transferred to the National Health Service in 1948 and continued to expand. Further extensions were built in the 1960s. The designed landscape was planned by Sir Reginald Ogilvy Bt. The (former) lodge to the hospital is listed separately in Craigmill Road, Baldovan.



H Richardson HOSPITALS STUDY (Unpublished). Glendinning, MacInnes & MacKechnie HISTORY OF SCOTTISH ARCHITECTURE (1996), p581. McKean & Walker DUNDEE (1993), p151.

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