Basic Site Details

Name: Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum
Town, district or village: Liff
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Parish: Liff and Benvie
Status:  
Grid ref:
Notes: See separate entry for original Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum at Stobswell, which was superseded by this building. (Patients were transferred in 1882.)

Cost: 60,000.

Greystanes House and Gowrie House are B Listed but Liff House, unit offices and lodge are C Listed.

Private asylum is a separate Scottish Baronial building.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 5Dundee District Asylum As referred to in David Thomson's LRIBA nomination papers
Item 2 of 5Greystanes HouseYesAlso Liff House
Item 3 of 5Royal Dundee Liff HospitalYes 
Item 4 of 5West Green Asylum  
Item 5 of 5Westgreen Asylum  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1West GreenYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518741882 Main hospital wards block,gatelodge, superintendent's house etc
Item 2 of 517 September 1879 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 51882  Patients transferred here from the old asylum
Item 4 of 518981901 New private asylum (separate building?) and new sick wards (building dated 1900)
Item 5 of 5November 1901 Completion'almost complete' [Builder 23 November 1901]

People

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 5Charles EdwardArchitectA18741882Main hospital wards block,gatelodge, superintendent's house etc
Item 2 of 5Edward & RobertsonArchitectural practiceA18741882Main hospital wards block,gatelodge, superintendent's house etc
Item 3 of 5Thomas Saunders RobertsonArchitectA18741882Main hospital wards block,gatelodge, superintendent's house etc
Item 4 of 5David ThomsonArchitectB1898 As assistant to Thomas Saunders Robertson - New private asylum and new sick wards (building dated 1900)
Item 5 of 5Thomas Saunders RobertsonArchitectB18981901New private asylum and new sick wards (building dated 1900)

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 3Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, Gowrie House 
Item 2 of 3Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, Nurses' Home etc 
Item 3 of 3Westgreen Mental Asylum, staff housing 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Darragh, Alison2011Prison or Palace? Heaven or Hell? An architectural and social study of the development of public lunatic asylums in Scot Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrewsvol 3, pp 54-5
Item 2 of 4Dundee Yearbook1890    
Item 3 of 4Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep597
Item 4 of 4Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Royal Dundee Liff Hospital

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47568Greystanes (principal building of the original asylum)
Item 2 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47564Liff House (Original superintendent's house)
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47566Gate lodge
Item 4 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47565Unit offices (uncertain of original function)
Item 5 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47567Gowrie House (private patient accommodation)
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Thomson: L v26 no2117