Basic Site Details

Name: King's College, Elphinstone Hall
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Built with stone salvaged from the demolition of Castle Newe. Original scheme by A Marshall Mackenzie, but when asked by Ian G Lindsay about the executed scheme, AGR Mackenzie replied that he 'could not say he was unconnected with it'.

The illustration is from a perspective prepared by Mr T Raffles Davison of a design prepared by Messrs A Marshall Mackenzie and Son, now shown in the exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. The hall is intended for examination as well as general purposes. The site adjoins the old chapel with the 15th century architecture of which it harmonises, and it is connected with the college by an arched cloister. It is built of Aberdeenshire freestone and is covered with Cumberland slates. The roof is of open timber of the hammer-beam type and the walls are panelled in oak. The buildings consist of a hall160 feet by 40 feet, having side rooms or classrooms, with kitchen and cloakrooms and in the basement there is accommodation for the studentsí miniature rifle range. The cost is £30,000. [Builder 26 April 1929 p764]

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 419261931 New hall and extension
Item 2 of 417 November 1927  Plans approved
Item 3 of 4June 1931  Hall opened
Item 4 of 41956  Alterations and 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 7Thomas Raffles DavisonArchitect, Artist 1926(?) Prepared perspective exhibited at Royal Scottish Academy later reproduced in the Builder
Item 2 of 7A Marshall Mackenzie & SonArchitectural practiceA19261931 
Item 3 of 7Alexander George Robertson MackenzieArchitectA19261931 
Item 4 of 7Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectA19261931 
Item 5 of 7John Gibb MarrArchitectA19261931As chief assistant and subsequently partner
Item 6 of 7George Angus MitchellArchitectB1956 Alterations and additions
Item 7 of 7George Bennett Mitchell & SonArchitectural practiceB1956 Alterations and additions

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1King's CollegeCost of simplified scheme which was executed: £13,773.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2RSA1926   585
Item 2 of 2Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp195

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Evening Express7 December 1964  Obituary of George Angus Mitchell
Item 2 of 3Aberdeen Press and Journal8 December 1964  Obituary of George Angus Mitchell
Item 3 of 3Builder26 April 1929CXXXVI p764 and illustration

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen UniversityAberdeen University Archives  
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20093Listed as part of King's College - see separate entry
Item 3 of 3King's College Library, AberdeenPlans