Basic Site Details

Name: Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, Gowrie House
Town, district or village: Liff
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Dundee District Asylum, Gowrie House  
Item 2 of 2Royal Dundee Liff Hospital, Gowrie HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318981901Construction 
Item 2 of 31898 Plans drawn up 
Item 3 of 3November 1951 Alteration/conversionPart of a five year building programme by the Eastern regional Hospital of Scotland. Proposed venting alterations at estimated costs of 12,000, and an isolation for TB patients for 18,000


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 2Thomas Saunders RobertsonArchitect 18981901 
Item 2 of 2Eastern Regional Hospital Board  1951  

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 1Occupational Therapeutic Block, Royal Dundee Liff Hospital93,000

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee Royal Lunatic AsylumSee separate entry for original Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum at Stobswell, which was superseded by this building.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.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Darragh, 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 2, pp 274-8
vol 3, pp 56-7
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep597
Item 3 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed under Royal Dundee Liff Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder2 November 1951  p605