Basic Site Details

Name: Northern Assurance Company Head Office
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Commercial Union building prior to 2008
Item 2 of 2The Monkey HouseYes(in 2008)

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 2146, Union StreetYes 
Item 2 of 21,2,3, Union TerraceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318821885Build/constructionDates given in 'Buildings of Scotland'
Item 2 of 34 January 1883 Journal reference 
Item 3 of 327 February 1883  Construction started


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 4Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectA1883  
Item 2 of 4James MatthewsArchitectA1883  
Item 3 of 4Matthews & MackenzieArchitectural practiceA1883  
Item 4 of 4Alexander MackintoshArchitectA?1883 or 1884 Probably involved, as assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Morgan, Diane2008The Granite Mile: the story of Aberdeen's Union Street Black & White Publishing, Edinburgh (in collaboration with Evening Express, Aberdeen)pp 109-10
Item 2 of 2Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp86, 169

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen Journal4 January 1883   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20573 
Item 2 of 2Robert Gordon's University ArchiveCollection of plans, manuscripts etc Set of 6 plans