Basic Site Details

Name: Dunfermline Opera House and Hippodrome
Town, district or village: Dunfermline
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Demolished 1982; interior dismantled and re-erected as Asolo Centre for Performing Arts, Sarasota, Florida, opened 27 January 1990.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61900  Original building
Item 2 of 611 August 1900 Plans approvedApproved by Dean of Guild Court
Item 3 of 61913  New interior within existing shell planned
Item 4 of 619201921 New interior within existing shell executed
Item 5 of 61982 DemolitionBuilding demolished, but interior dismantled and saved
Item 6 of 627 January 1990  Opening of Asolo Centre for Performing Arts, Sarasota, Florida, containing re-erected Swanston interior from Dunfermline Opera House


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 4Peter Roy Jackson  1900 Original building
Item 2 of 4John Daniel Swanston A19131921New interior within existing shell
Item 3 of 4Swanston & Syme A19131921New interior within existing shell
Item 4 of 4William Syme A19131921New interior within existing shell


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Hare, Henryfor 1920-21 interior scheme (Swanston & Syme)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4King, Lilian1903That's Entertainment: 100 years of Dunfermline Opera   
Item 2 of 4Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp214-5
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architect5 July 1912LXXXVIII Supplement, p7-8
Item 2 of 8Builder CIII p120
Item 3 of 8Builder11 August 1900   
Item 4 of 8BuilderEarly 1913CIV p21
Item 5 of 8Building News CIV p47
Item 6 of 8Building News5 July 1912103 p xii - contracts open
Item 7 of 8Fife Free Press2 February 1990  Feature article on Swanston
Item 8 of 8Scottish Georgian Society Bulletin198310 Plate 4 (illustration of interior)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Dunfermline Burgh OfficeDunfermline Dean of Guild