Basic Site Details

Name: Dingwall Town Hall and Museum and Library
Town, district or village: Dingwall
City or county: Ross and Cromarty
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Cost £4300

New steeple (based on older one) to the design of WC Joass as part of a major upheaval of the property, when the height of the steeple was increased and the present half-timbered panelled effect introduced at the lower storey. Undertaken 1902-5 the improvements consisted of a new frontage to the building with symmetrical pavilions and a ceremonial balcony, and a substantial wing to the rear on Church Street which housed
the town’s public library, a large public hall and meeting rooms.

Joass’s Church Street elevation to the rear is carefully articulated with good carved architectural detail and inscriptions. Good use is made of crowstepped gables, a feature which had been apparent in the gables of the old building.

Wright p30

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1   

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 2Church StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219021906 Major reconstruction with new steeple based on eighteenth century original
Item 2 of 224 February 1902  Town Council meeting held


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 2Donald MacDonaldArchitectA19021906Major reconstruction with new steeple based on eighteenth century original - as assistant to Joass, prepared plans and specifications and supervised erection
Item 2 of 2William Cumming JoassArchitectA19021906Major reconstruction with new steeple based on eighteenth century original


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp406
Item 2 of 3RCAHMS1996Tolbooths and Town-Houses: Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833 London: The Stationery Officep70
Item 3 of 3Wright, Andrew P K2010Dingwall Conservation Area: Conservation Area Character Appraisal  p30

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Inverness Courier23 September 1902   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Location not specified by RCAHMSDingwall Town Council Minutes Meeting 24 February 1902