Basic Site Details

Name: Aberdeen University, Marischal College
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1318371844 U plan quadrangle building
Item 2 of 1318881889 SE wing added
Item 3 of 1312 May 1891  Two schemes for alterations presented, second scheme chosen
Item 4 of 1325 September 1891  Revised proposals for additions
Item 5 of 1329 June 1893  Mitchell Hall approved by Joint Committee
Item 6 of 1314 December 1893  Mitchell Tower approved
Item 7 of 1325 January 1894  North wing approved
Item 8 of 1325 February 1897  South wing approved
Item 9 of 1319021906 Front
Item 10 of 1319 March 1903  Broad Street Front approved
Item 11 of 131904 Design exhibited 
Item 12 of 1327 September 1906  Broad Street front opened
Item 13 of 1319901991Alteration/conversionAlteration to form theatre/cinema and schoolroom display area in the anthropological museum.


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 16Archibald SimpsonArchitect 18371844U-plan quadrangle building
Item 2 of 16H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceC18881889SE wing added
Item 3 of 16Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectC18881889SE wing added
Item 4 of 16Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectA18911906Rebuilding
Item 5 of 16James MatthewsArchitectA1891 Additions
Item 6 of 16John EllisArchitectA18911896Rebuilding - as apprentice/assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 7 of 16Matthews & MackenzieArchitectural practiceA1891After 1899Additions
Item 8 of 16Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectB1893 Mitchell Hall and Mitchell Tower
Item 9 of 16Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectD1894 North wing
Item 10 of 16Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectE1897 South wing
Item 11 of 16William Begg SimpsonArchitectE1897 South wing - probably involved, as apprentice to A Marshall Mackenzie
Item 12 of 16A Marshall Mackenzie & SonArchitectural practiceF19021906Front and Broad Street front
Item 13 of 16Alexander George Robertson MackenzieArchitectF19021906Front and Broad Street front
Item 14 of 16Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectF19021906Front and Broad Street front
Item 15 of 16Herbert William Cruickshank (or Herbert William Cruikshank)ArchitectF19021906Front and Broad Street front - as apprentice to A Marshall Mackenzie
Item 16 of 16Edward TaylorArchitectG19901991Alteration to form theatre/cinema and schoolroom display area in the anthropological museum.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1University of AberdeenClient for 1990s work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 8Academy Architecture1904 part 1 p76 (Marshall Mackenzie work)
Item 2 of 8Brogden, W A1998Aberdeen: an illustrated architectural guideSecond editionEdinburgh: The Rutland Presspp34-5
Item 3 of 8Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 4 of 8Fraser, G M1918Archibald Simpson Architect and his times Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 5 April to 11 October 1918xvii-xviii
Item 5 of 8Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1904, no 1602
Item 6 of 8RSA1904   426 (Front)
Item 7 of 8Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp85, 109, 152
Item 8 of 8Simpson, W Douglas1965Marischal College Country Life 19 August 1965 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 October 1906XCI Front
Item 2 of 2Building Industries15 July 1906  Front

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Courtesy of Edward TaylorInformation sent via email to Yvonne Hillyard Sent April 2011
Item 2 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20428 
Item 3 of 6King's College Library, AberdeenPlans For original 1830s part
Item 4 of 6Marischal College LibraryPlans Mathieson, Robertson and Mackenzie plans
Item 5 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Herbert William Cruikshank: F no2890 (box 13); John Ellis: L v17 no1245; AGR Mackenzie: L v21 no 1496; William Begg Simpson: L v13 no847 ('Additions, Aberdeen University')
Item 6 of 6Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)