Basic Site Details

Name: Aberdeen Grammar School
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of J A O Allan additions of 1905: £6,000. Lodge is also B Listed.

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 3DenburnYes 
Item 2 of 3Esslemont AvenueYes 
Item 3 of 3Skene StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1118561857Competition held 
Item 2 of 1118611863Construction 
Item 3 of 111861  Lodge
Item 4 of 11c. 1872  Alterations
Item 5 of 119 March 1882  Plans for additions passed
Item 6 of 111894  Further additions
Item 7 of 111905  Classrooms and library to north west added
Item 8 of 111913  East and west wings
Item 9 of 111926  Gymnasium to north west added
Item 10 of 1123 July 1954 * AdditionCorporation to have plans prepared for new extension, est. cost £46,450
Item 11 of 1123 May 1958 Scheme accepted'Plans approved for swimming pool...Est. cost £32,000.' per Builder p974

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 17J, W H & J M Hay ('The Hays of Liverpool') B1856 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 2 of 17James Murdoch Hay B1856 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 3 of 17John Hay B1856 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 4 of 17William Hardie Hay B1856 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 5 of 17James Matthews A1856 or 1857 Competition design - 2nd premium of 1st competition (£50), but won commission
Item 6 of 17George Smith  1857 Competition design - first premium (£100), but commission went to James Matthews
Item 7 of 17James Matthews C1861 Lodge
Item 8 of 17John Bridgeford Pirie  c. 1872 Alterations
Item 9 of 17Alexander Marshall Mackenzie D1882 Additions
Item 10 of 17James Matthews D1882 Additions
Item 11 of 17Matthews & Mackenzie D1882 Additions
Item 12 of 17Alexander Marshall Mackenzie E1894 Further additions
Item 13 of 17Matthews & Mackenzie E1894 Further additions
Item 14 of 17John Alexander Ogg Allan F1905 Classrooms and library to NW added
Item 15 of 17John Alexander Ogg Allan G1913 East and west wings
Item 16 of 17John Alexander Ogg Allan H1926 Gymnasium to north west added
Item 17 of 17Alexander Buchanan Gardner  1954 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 2 of 2Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp84, 217-218

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Builder1857XV p326
Item 2 of 6Builder6 August 1926  p224 - contracts open for new gymnasium
Item 3 of 6Builder23 July 1954  p157
Item 4 of 6Builder23 May 1958  p974
Item 5 of 6Building Chronicle1 March 1856II p32
Item 6 of 6Building ChronicleJune 1857II p214

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes 9 March 1882 (additions);19 January 1905, 21 February 1905, 3 July 1913 and 1 July 1926 (additions)
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20084 
Item 3 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47494Lodge
Item 4 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Also photos
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ B Pirie Collection Notebooks (specifications)
Item 6 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Alexander Ogg Allan: L v23 no1837 & F v22 no1574 (microfilm reel 13)
Item 7 of 7Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)