|Notes: ||Only the stair towers of the Langlands addition remain. |
Morgan Hospital.— Second Scheme
This new hospital, says the Dundee Courier, which is to be placed on a triangular- shaped park at the junction of the Pitkerro and Forfar Roads, is in the Scotch Baronial style of the sixteenth century, and with various French features introduced, consists of four facades, enclosing an oblong court, 125 feet by 50 feet. The principal entrance front is 183 feet long. In the centre of this front is a lofty square tower, slightly projecting beyond the line of the rest of the front, and containing the chief entrance to the building. The tower is 20 feet broad at the base, and terminates at a height of 90 feet, in a steep slated roof, finished with an ornamental iron ridge. At each of the four corners of the tower, and 40 feet from the ground, is a boldly corbelled out circular turret, carried up some feet above the tower, and capped by a steep slated roof, terminating in a pinnacle, at nearly the same height as the roof of the tower. The tower is flanked on each side by a large bay-window, on corbels at the level of the first floor, and rising up into a gable, with crow steps. At each end of this elevation is a crow-stepped gable, projecting 11 feet beyond the main line of front. These gables have on their angles ornamental shafts, with carved bases and capital. In the centre of each gable is a corbel, from which springs a shaft with base and carved capital, supporting a chimney stack on the apex of the gable, and on each side of this corbel shaft there is, in the first-floor, a large window, in the head of which is carved tracery. Between these gables and the tower on each side is a large mullioned and transomed window. This and the two flank elevations are two stories in height, with a steep roof, with ornamental ridge. The flank elevations, which are 120 feet long, correspond in style with that already described, but are varied in design. The portion of the east elevation, devoted to the chapel is of ecclesiastical character. Entering the building by the principal door in the tower there is an entrance hall 20 by 10 feet, at the further end of which is a large oriel window looking into the inner court. On each side of this oriel runs the main corridor of communication, 8 feet wide, and lighted by windows looking into the court. At the end of the corridor, on the stairs to the upper floor, on the right-hand side of the entrance hall, are three class-rooms, 30 by 22 feet; boys' dining hall, 45 by 24 feet; master's and matron's dining-room ; master's private-room ; lavatory, etc. And on the left side of the entrance hall are the trustees' room, 25 by 21 feet ; clerk's-room and safe; library for the boys; two rooms for the matrons ; and two stores for keeping boys' clothes. Communicating with this end of the corridor, but also provided with a separate entrance from the grounds, is the master's house, of seven rooms, besides kitchen and servants'
accommodation. The kitchen offices of the hospital occupy the fourth side of the square, and are connected with the main part of the building by a covered passage running round three sides of the court. The accommodation provided in them on the ground floor consists of a kitchen, 25 by 21 feet, scullery, pantries, laundry store, washing-house, and drying closet; and in a sunk cellar a depot for coals. In a second storey, above the back entrance, are a laundry and two large bed-rooms for servants. The upper floor of the principal building is occupied by large dormitories, with windows on both sides; and there are also two dormitories on the east side of the building. The total superficial area of the dormitories is 4,260 feet. Above the dining hall is the chapel, and at the south-west corner of the building, and shut off from the rest of the hospital, is an infirmary of two rooms, with bath, &c, scullery, and nurses'-room; lavatories and baths are also provided on this floor. [Building News 7 March 1862 p171]
The Morgan Hospital, Dundee, for the maintenance of 100 poor boys, was formally opened on Thursday last. Tho building is in tho French Gothic style, and was designed by Messrs Peddle and Kinnear, architects, Edinburgh. It has occupied about five years in erection, and has cost about £17,000. After providing for the building, a sum of upwards of £65,000 is left by the will of the late Mr. John Morgan, the founder, for the maintenance of the hospital in all time coming. [Building News 15 February 1868 p 117]