Basic Site Details

Name: Daily Free Press Buildings, shops, offices and printing and publishing premises
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: C Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Esslemont & Macintosh department storeYessince 1922

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2NethergateYes 
Item 2 of 2Daily Free Press Buildings/26-30, Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 324 March 1887 Plans approved 
Item 2 of 324 September 1896  Plans for alterations passed
Item 3 of 3After 1906Before 1921 Alterations/additions?


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 10Alexander EllisArchitectA1887  
Item 2 of 10Ellis & WilsonArchitectural practiceA1887  
Item 3 of 10Robert Gordon Wilson (senior)ArchitectA1887  
Item 4 of 10Alexander EllisArchitectB1896 Alterations
Item 5 of 10Ellis & WilsonArchitectural practiceB1896 Alterations
Item 6 of 10Robert Gordon Wilson (senior)ArchitectB1896 Alterations
Item 7 of 10John Wilson WalkerArchitectCAfter 1906Before 1921Alterations/additions?
Item 8 of 10Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)ArchitectCAfter 1906Before 1921Alterations/additions?
Item 9 of 10Wilsons & WalkerArchitectural practiceCAfter 1906Before 1921Alterations/additions?
Item 10 of 10Robert Gordon Wilson (senior)ArchitectC?After 1906(?)Before 1915(?)Alterations/additions? - possibly done by Wilsons & Walker after R G Wilson Senior's retirement


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Proprietors fo the Daily Free Press 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Leith, Connie1999Alexander Ellis: a fine Victorian architect Aberdeen: privately publishedpp100-104
Item 2 of 3Morgan, Diane2008The Granite Mile: the story of Aberdeen's Union Street Black & White Publishing, Edinburgh (in collaboration with Evening Express, Aberdeen)pp 36-8
Item 3 of 3Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp150

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes Plans passed 24 March 1887 and 24 September 1896
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register50958See also entry for nos 32-38 Union Street
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Wilson Walker: F v25 no1871 (microfilm reel 15)