Basic Site Details

Name: High School for Girls
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of J A O Allan additions: 10,250.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Girls' High SchoolYes 
Item 2 of 3Harlaw AcademyYes 
Item 3 of 3Mrs Elmslie's Institution Early name

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518371840Build/constructionCentral block
Item 2 of 51892  Additions to south
Item 3 of 51902  Additions - south wing and links to pavilions
Item 4 of 5After 1925Before 1952 Reconstruction
Item 5 of 51939 Addition 


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 7Archibald SimpsonArchitect 18371840Central block
Item 2 of 7W & J Smith and KellyArchitectural practiceB1892 Additions to south
Item 3 of 7William KellyArchitectB1892 Additions to south
Item 4 of 7John Alexander Ogg AllanArchitect After 1897Before 1912Additions
Item 5 of 7David John Alexander RossArchitectCAfter 1925Before 1952Reconstruction
Item 6 of 7John Alexander Ogg AllanArchitectCAfter 1925Before 1952Reconstruction - either as chief assistant to John Alexander Ogg Allan (if pre-1945), or as partner in Allan, Ross & Allan (if post-1945)
Item 7 of 7Allan, Ross & AllanArchitectural practiceC?After 1945(?)Before 1952(?)Reconstruction - might have been done by Ross and Allan before partnership was formed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Brogden, W A1998Aberdeen: an illustrated architectural guideSecond editionEdinburgh: The Rutland Pressp122
Item 2 of 2Fraser, G M1918Archibald Simpson Architect and his times Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 5 April to 11 October 1918xix

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Weekly Journal14 June 1918   
Item 2 of 3Aberdeen Weekly Journal9 August 1918   
Item 3 of 3Architect and Building News1939July-Dec p146

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes July 1890, 7 March 1892, 7 June 1902
Item 2 of 5Aberdeen Public LibraryPlans and drawings collection Drawings (Archibald Simpson)
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20083 
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Copies of Archibald Simpson drawings
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Alexander Ogg Allan: L v23 no1837 & F v22 no1574 (microfilm reel 13); David John Alexander Ross: F no4688 (combined box 29)