Basic Site Details

Name: Dumbarton Burgh Halls and Committee Rooms and Dumbarton Academy
Town, district or village: Dumbarton
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Dumbarton Burgh Hall and Academy. - This building was completed about two years ago from the designs of Messrs Wm. Leiper and R G Melvin, architects, Glasgow. There are two halls. The large or main hall is placed immediately behind the front building, and access from the main street is provided by a spacious corridor entering from the open porch which forms the base of the tower. A smaller hall is situated on the first floor of the front building. Waiting rooms and large class-rooms occupy the rest of the building. The whole of the external walls are of freestone. The open porch at base of tower has a groined roof. Depth of shadow in the window openings is gained by the glass being recessed the full thickness of the walls. The whole cost was about 7,500. Mr Thomas Rissett acted as clerk of works. [Building News 13 November 1868 p774]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Dumbarton Town HallYes 
Item 2 of 2SSEB officesYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61864  Original Classical design drawn up - unexecuted
Item 2 of 618651866 Gothic scheme executed
Item 3 of 623 June 1865 Foundation stone 
Item 4 of 611 December 1882  Fire damaged building
Item 5 of 61883  Restoration after fire
Item 6 of 61984 Build/constructionBurgh Hall built


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 6Thomas GildardArchitect 1864 Drew up original Classical design - unexecuted
Item 2 of 6Melvin & LeiperArchitectural practiceA18651866Awarded commission and executed Gothic scheme
Item 3 of 6Robert Grieve MelvinArchitectA18651866Awarded commission and executed Gothic scheme
Item 4 of 6William LeiperArchitectA18651866Awarded commission and executed Gothic scheme
Item 5 of 6William LeiperArchitectB1883 Rebuilt after fire
Item 6 of 6Dumbarton District Council Architect's DepartmentArchitectural Department (New Towns etc)C1984 Burgh Hall built


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp406-7
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1866   845

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builders Journal12 January 1898   
Item 2 of 5Building News13 November 1868  p774 and illustration
Item 3 of 5Dumbarton Herald18 February 1864  Also references in various other issues - held in Dumbarton Library
Item 4 of 5Dumbarton Herald27 September 1867   
Item 5 of 5RIBA Journal26 August 1916 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Leiper p304

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register24874Academy