© All rights reserved. The Builder,  Vol. 78,  3 February 1900, page 121 (Courtesy of Robert Hill) 

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Basic Site Details

Name: St Joseph's RC Church
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: DUNDEE—The foundation stone of St Joseph's (Roman) Catholic Church has been laid at Dundee. The plan of the building is cruciform, having nave, transepts, and sanctuary, and the sanctuary is terminated by an octagonal apse. There will be no aisles. The total length of the church, from north to south, will be 147ft. 6inches, and the nave, transepts, and sanctuary, are each 40 feet wide. The side walls are 20 feet long, and the apex of the roof is 45 feet from the floor. The total cost of the building will be about £4,000, and it will comfortably seat 1,000 persons. Both externally and internally, the building will be of an unpretentious but substantial character. [Building News 13 December 1872 p467]

Reference for reredos: DMW notes Check

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2St Joseph's RC Church, Blackness RoadYes 
Item 2 of 242-46, Wilkie's LaneYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318721874Build/construction 
Item 2 of 31877  Stencilled decoration
Item 3 of 31900  Reredos


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 8Alexander EllisArchitectA18721874 
Item 2 of 8Ellis & WilsonArchitectural practiceA18721874 
Item 3 of 8Robert Gordon Wilson (senior)ArchitectA18721874 
Item 4 of 8Alexander EllisArchitectB1877 Stencilled decoration
Item 5 of 8Ellis & WilsonArchitectural practiceB1877 Stencilled decoration
Item 6 of 8Robert Gordon Wilson (senior)ArchitectB1877 Stencilled decoration
Item 7 of 8Peter Paul PuginArchitectC1900 Reredos and baldacchino
Item 8 of 8Pugin & PuginArchitectural practiceC1900 Reredos and baldacchino


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep255
Item 2 of 4Leith, Connie1999Alexander Ellis: a fine Victorian architect Aberdeen: privately publishedpp52-56
Item 3 of 4McKean, Charles and Walker, David1993Dundee: An Illustrated Architectural GuideRevised EditionEdinburgh: RIASp102
Item 4 of 4St Joseph's 110th anniversary Booklet     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder3 February 190078 page 121
Item 2 of 2Building News13 December 1872  p467 - foundation stone

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Dundee Planning Department/NMRSDundee Approved Duplicate Plans (Originals in NMRS for dates 1867-1883; otherwise on microfilm)  
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register25686 
Item 3 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection AND 490 (1872)


© All rights reserved. The Builder,  Vol. 78,  3 February 1900, page 121 (Courtesy of Robert Hill) 

© All rights reserved. The Builder, Vol. 78, 3 February 1900, page 121 (Courtesy of Robert Hill)