Basic Site Details

Name: Robert Gordon's College
Town, district or village: Schoolhill
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Commission taken over from William Burn. Timber spire designed by William Chrystall in 1733.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Robert Gordon's UniversityYesPart thereof

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 1SchoolhillYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 817301734Build/construction 
Item 2 of 81828 Journal referenceBack and west boundary walls
Item 3 of 81828  Tudor scheme - unexecuted
Item 4 of 818301833 Alterations and new wings
Item 5 of 827 July 1901 Scheme acceptedPlans approved
Item 6 of 81907  Report on plan and proposals for the reconstruction /new building
Item 7 of 8After 1912Before 1940 Reconstruction
Item 8 of 84 October 1957 Scheme accepted'Scottish Education Department approved ₤69,819 extension scheme at Robert Gordon's College; also extension at Robert Gordon's Technical College' per Builder p613


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 9William Adam H17301734Original building
Item 2 of 9William Burn  1828 Tudor scheme - unexecuted
Item 3 of 9John Smith A1828 Back and west boundary walls; commission taken over from William Burn
Item 4 of 9John Smith B18301833Alterations and new wings
Item 5 of 9George Gordon Jenkins G1901 Alterations
Item 6 of 9George Marr G1901 Improvements
Item 7 of 9Jenkins & Marr G1901 Alterations
Item 8 of 9William Kelly  1907 Report on plan and proposals for new building/reconstruction
Item 9 of 9Joseph Anderson Allan  After 1912Before 1940Reconstruction - possibly in partnership with John Alexander Ogg Allan

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 4Robert Gordon's College, archway 
Item 2 of 4Robert Gordon's College, Porter's LodgeRebuilt as Schoolhill Lodge to St Nicholas Churchyard c.1886.
Item 3 of 4Robert Gordon's Colleges, MacRobert HallCost: 18,000.

This served the school and the Technical College
Item 4 of 4Robert Gordon's Technical College, Technical BuildingsCost of engineering laboratories : 8,500. (1925)

Cost of east block: 30,000 (1927)
Cost of 1929 additions, including those to Art School (see separate entry): 32,000.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Adam, William1820Vitruvius Scoticus  plates 107-108, showing the facade but not as built.
Item 2 of 6Anderson History of Robert Gordon's Hospital   
Item 3 of 6Brogden, W A1986Aberdeen: an illustrated architectural guide Edinburgh: RIAS and Scottish Academic Presspp38-39
Item 4 of 6Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 5 of 6Richmond, Roderick2000Robert Gordon's College: a pictorial history   
Item 6 of 6Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp77, 103, 136

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Aberdeen Journal16 January 1828   
Item 2 of 6Aberdeen Journal9 April 1828   
Item 3 of 6Builder27 July 1901  p85
Item 4 of 6Builder4 October 1957  p613
Item 5 of 6Country Life12 May 1955   
Item 6 of 6Country Life19 August 1965   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20088 
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20089Adjoining walls
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Joseph Anderson Allan: F no4106
Item 4 of 4Robert Gordon's University ArchiveCollection of plans, manuscripts etc Kelly's report and plan