Basic Site Details

Name: Gray's School of Art
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: This was part of the scheme which included the Aberdeen Central Library and Art Gallery - see separate entries.

Estimated cost of J A O Allan extension prior to completion: 80,000.

Cost of 1928 additions to School of Art, in combination with work on East Block (see separate entry): 32,000.

See separate for 1960s building.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Robert Gordon UniversityYesSince 1992
Item 2 of 4Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology  
Item 3 of 4Robert Gordon's Technical College  
Item 4 of 4Technical College and School of Art  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81883 or 1884 Competition held 
Item 2 of 87 February 1884 Plans approved 
Item 3 of 81896 Plans approvedAdditions
Item 4 of 81907  Plans dated - for proposed Technical College and School of Art and Nauticla College (not executed at that time or in that form)
Item 5 of 8c. 19141920  
Item 6 of 81923  Alterations
Item 7 of 8After 1925Before 1952 Extension
Item 8 of 81928  Major additions


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 15Arthur Clyne Bc. 1883 Competition design - not successful
Item 2 of 15John Bridgeford Pirie Bc. 1883 Competition design - not successful
Item 3 of 15Pirie & Clyne Bc. 1883 Competition design - not successful
Item 4 of 15Alexander Marshall Mackenzie A1884 Won competition and secured job
Item 5 of 15James Matthews A1884 Won competition and secured job
Item 6 of 15Matthews & Mackenzie A1884 Won competition and secured job
Item 7 of 15George Gordon Jenkins C1896 Additions
Item 8 of 15George Marr C1896 Additions
Item 9 of 15Jenkins & Marr C1896 Additions
Item 10 of 15John Alexander Ogg Allan  1907 Plans for proposed Technical College and School of Art
Item 11 of 15John Alexander Ogg Allan Dc. 19141925Extension
Item 12 of 15Joseph Anderson Allan Dc. 19141925Extension - as junior partner with his brother
Item 13 of 15Robert Leslie Rollo E1923 Alterations
Item 14 of 15David John Alexander Ross D1925 Extension - as chief assistant to John Alexander Ogg Allan
Item 15 of 15Robert Leslie Rollo F1928 Major additions

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 1Aberdeen Technical College 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2In Memoriam1892    
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes 7 February 1884, 16 January 1896
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19978 
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Alexander Ogg Allan: L v23 no1837 & F v22 no1574 (microfilm reel 13); Robert Leslie Rollo: F no2773 (box 11); David John Alexander Ross: F no4688 (combined box 29)
Item 4 of 4Robert Gordon's University ArchiveCollection of plans, manuscripts etc Plans for work by J A O Allan 1911-1919