Basic Site Details

Name: Inverness Town House
Town, district or village: Inverness
City or county: Inverness-shire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Original competition assessed by David Bryce. Competition for extension assessed by A Hunter Crawford

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Inverness Town HallYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Inverness Town House, High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518761882 Original building by Matthews and Lawrie
Item 2 of 51876 Competition held 
Item 3 of 512 January 1894 Journal referenceAdditions and alterations - competition also held for this
Item 4 of 51904 Competition heldSouth wing
Item 5 of 527 November 1959 Proposedrepairs to masonry per Builder p783


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 12James MatthewsArchitectA18751882Won in competition assessed by Bryce
Item 2 of 12John Hinton GallArchitectA18751882As chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 3 of 12Matthews & LawrieArchitectural practiceA18751882Won in competition assessed by Bryce
Item 4 of 12William LawrieArchitectA18751882Won in competition assessed by Bryce
Item 5 of 12John Hinton GallArchitectB18941895Additions and alterations
Item 6 of 12James Robert RhindArchitectC1904 Extension - South wing (first prize in competition) - executed under the supervision of William Wardlaw Sclanders
Item 7 of 12Cameron & BurnettArchitectural practiceK1904 3rd prize in competition for extension
Item 8 of 12Duncan CameronArchitectK1904 3rd prize in competition for extension
Item 9 of 12James Russell BurnettArchitectK1904 3rd prize in competition for extension
Item 10 of 12William Mackintosh (senior)ArchitectL1904 2nd prize in competition for extension
Item 11 of 12William Wardlaw SclandersArchitectC19051907South wing - as master of works overseeing the execution of the design by James Robert Rhind
Item 12 of 12Inverness Burgh Architect's Department  27 November 1959 Burgh Architect accepting tender applications per Builder p783 - repairs to masonry


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp197
Item 2 of 3Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 3 of 3RSA1877   883 & 904

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7British Architect5 February 1904  p 96
Item 2 of 7Builder1875XXXIII p935
Item 3 of 7Builder1876XXXIV p1055
Item 4 of 7Builder27 November 1959  p783
Item 5 of 7Inverness Courier12 January 1894   
Item 6 of 7Inverness Courier5 February 1904   
Item 7 of 7Inverness Courier10 June 1904   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Extra information sent August 2009
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register35260 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index  
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Hinton Gall: L v17 no1275 & F no2600 (box 8); William Wardlaw Sclanders: L v20 no1572
Item 5 of 5Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)