Basic Site Details

Name: Music Hall
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Gallery fronts in interior by Walter Macfarlane of Saracen Foundry.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1County Assemly Rooms  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Golden SquareYes 
Item 2 of 2Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51858  Concert Room
Item 2 of 518911900 Alterations and redecoration
Item 3 of 5After 1900Before 1928 Large additions
Item 4 of 51920  Plans for original music hall drawn up
Item 5 of 51970s Plans drawn upHistoric Buildings Consultancy


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 16Archibald Simpson  18201822Plans for music hall - won the commission
Item 2 of 16George Smith  1820 Plans for music hall - not selected
Item 3 of 16James Raeburn  1820 Plans for music hall - not selected
Item 4 of 16James Matthews A1858 Concert Room
Item 5 of 16James Matthews Dc. 1870 Re-painting of hall - with Pirie as assistant
Item 6 of 16John Bridgeford Pirie Dc. 1870 Re-painting of hall - Pirie as leading draftsman to Matthews
Item 7 of 16Alexander Marshall Mackenzie B18911900Alterations and redecoration
Item 8 of 16James Matthews B18911900Alterations and redecoration
Item 9 of 16Matthews & Mackenzie B18911900Alterations and redecoration
Item 10 of 16Kelly & Nicol CAfter 1900Before 1928Large additions
Item 11 of 16William Kelly CAfter 1900Before 1928Large additions
Item 12 of 16James Brown Nicol CAfter 1902Before 1928Large additions
Item 13 of 16A Curtiss Wolffe & Partner E1970s Historic Buildings Consultancy
Item 14 of 16Antony Curtiss Wolffe E1970s Historic Buildings Consultancy
Item 15 of 16Tom McIlwraith E1970s Historic Buildings Consultancy - As architectural assistant from 1972-75 and as associate partner 1975-85.
Item 16 of 16William Adair Douglas Murphie E1970s Historic Buildings Consultancy. As qualified assistant 1965-68 and partner 1968-82.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen Music Hall Company Limited1909


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 6Fraser, G M1918Archibald Simpson Architect and his times Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 5 April to 11 October 1918vii
Item 3 of 6Morgan, Diane2008The Granite Mile: the story of Aberdeen's Union Street Black & White Publishing, Edinburgh (in collaboration with Evening Express, Aberdeen)pp 130-33
Item 4 of 6Robert Wilson1822An historical account and delineation of Aberdeen AberdeenQuotation from Aberdeen Journal 9 February 1820
Item 5 of 6Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp163-164
Item 6 of 6Simpson, W Douglas A tribute offered by the University of Aberdeen to the memory of William Kelly LLD ARSA  p6-7

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Journal9 February 1820   
Item 2 of 3Builder1858XVI p297
Item 3 of 3Builder28 August 1909  p247 plans passed for alterations and additions

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Mr Antony WolffeInformation sent to Dictionary October 2013  
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19991 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ B Pirie Collection Notebook - specification of painter work
Item 4 of 4Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)