Basic Site Details

Name: Nordrach-on-Dee Hospital
Town, district or village: Banchory
City or county: Aberdeenshire/Kincardineshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Modelled on the Bavarian Sanatorium at Nordrach.

Cost: c.12,000.

Nurses' home demolished 1988.

Building News 25 January 1901 Page 122
'BANCHORY, MIDDLESIDE. - A sanatorium to be known as Nordrach-on-Dee has been built at Banchory for the purpose of carrying out the open-air treatment of consumption and other forms of tuberculosis and lung disease. This is the first establishment in Scotland specially designed and erected on a specially-selected locality for carrying out the Nordrach treatment. It has been erected at a cost of over 600 per bed. The grounds extend to about 25 acres, and the lengths of the walks are graded according to the strength of the patient. Shelters are erected here and there among the trees, some of them being on the revolving principle. A winter garden is to be provided in the verandah that connects the sanatorium with the dining-room. The sanatorium has accommodation for 40 patients. The building, which was designed by Mr. George Coutts, architect, Aberdeen, after a visit to Germany with Dr. Lawson, has cost about 21,000, including the purchase price of the site.'

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Glen-o-Dee HospitalYesAfter 1934
Item 2 of 2Glen-o-Dee Hotel From 1934


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 419001901  
Item 2 of 41928  Closed as hospital
Item 3 of 41934  Reopened as hotel
Item 4 of 41988  Nurses' home demolished


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 2George Coutts  19001901 
Item 2 of 2William Edgar Gauld  19031904Nurses' home


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Glen-o-Dee Hospital
Item 2 of 3Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp368
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News25 January 1901  p122
Item 2 of 2The Hospital1 June 1901  pp152-3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent October 2001
Item 2 of 6Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent October 2009
Item 3 of 6Grampian Health BoardGrampian Health Board Archives Booklets on sanatorium and hotel
Item 4 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register21871 
Item 5 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection  
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Edgar Gauld: F v22 no1507 (microfilm reel 13)