Basic Site Details

Name: Bank of Scotland
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Considerable alterations and improvements have just been commenced in connection with the premises of the Bank of Scotland at Dundee, from the designs of Mr. George S Aitken, architect. [Building News 3 October 1879 p397]

DUNDEE - The alterations and extensions of the Bank of Scotland premises in Dundee, being complete, the building has been reopened for business. The original bank was complicated in plan, and inefficiently lighted, and opportunity was taken in the alterations of extending the telling-room area by covering in an open court. The result has been a large symmetrically arranged telling-room well lit, and with increased agentís and waiting-room accommodation . The south floor is partly devoted to spacious book and cash safes, with a stair and lift communicating. The agent's house, which occupies the upper floors of block, has been entirely remodelled; as a considerable part of its floors and walls are over a void space in the telling-room, wrought-iron beams, of large scantling, have been employed as means of support. These are partly sustained by granite shafts with stone carved caps and bases, which form an architectural feature in the room. The whole of the work has been carried out from the designs and under the superintendence of Mr G S Aitken, architect, Dundee. [Building News 3 December 1880 p659]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Old Bank BarYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Commercial premises  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 143, 34a, Reform StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51840  Built
Item 2 of 51866  Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 3 of 51871  Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 4 of 51872  Alterations
Item 5 of 518791880Alterations and additionsAlts and adds to Burn's building


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 11William BurnArchitectA1840 Original building
Item 2 of 11Charles EdwardArchitectD1866 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 3 of 11Edward & RobertsonArchitectural practiceD1866 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 4 of 11Thomas Saunders RobertsonArchitectD1866 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 5 of 11Charles EdwardArchitectE1871 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 6 of 11Edward & RobertsonArchitectural practiceE1871 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 7 of 11Thomas Saunders RobertsonArchitectE1871 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 8 of 11Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectB1872 Alterations
Item 9 of 11John Dick PeddieArchitectB1872 Alterations
Item 10 of 11Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceB1872 Alterations
Item 11 of 11George Shaw AitkenArchitectC1880 Ground floor and Banking Hall, alterations and additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Bank of Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep122
Item 2 of 3RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp18 Design by William Burn for proposed bank of Scotland (1842), and Perspective of proposed alterations to 34 Reform Street by George Shaw Aitken (1880)
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building News3 October 1879  p397 alterations by Aitken commenced
Item 2 of 3Building News3 December 1880  p659 - completion
Item 3 of 3RIBA Transactions1870  P125-8. List of works by Burn, compiled by T L Donaldson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Dundee Planning Department/NMRSDundee Approved Duplicate Plans (Originals in NMRS for dates 1867-1883; otherwise on microfilm) Book 15 pp125-130
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register25531 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1870/98/1 (Peddie & Kinnear and Edward & Robertson drawings)
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index