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34 Commercial Street, Dundee

A Category B Listed Building in Dundee, Dundee

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Latitude: 56.4609 / 56°27'39"N

Longitude: -2.9674 / 2°58'2"W

OS Eastings: 340485

OS Northings: 730279

OS Grid: NO404302

Mapcode National: GBR ZB8.DT

Mapcode Global: WH7RB.DV6W

Plus Code: 9C8VF26M+93

Entry Name: 34 Commercial Street, Dundee

Listing Name: 34 Commercial Street Former Flour Mill

Listing Date: 30 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 361242

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25091

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200361242

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee

Town: Dundee

Electoral Ward: Maryfield

Traditional County: Angus

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Early 19th century, built on earlier foundations upon the castle rock, the site of the medieval Castle of Dundee. Tall former flour mill, later the Castle Hill Boot Factory, then a seed warehouse. Formerly 7-storey and attic, partly reduced to 5-storey in later 19th century. W elevation extended to adjoin outer wall of further warehouse (remainder of warehouse now demolished). Coursed pinkish rubble with ashlar dressings, grey slate roof. 20th century metal casement and top-hinged windows. Ashlar-coped skews.

E ELEVATION: 4-bay; hoist doors at left bay rise from ground to 1st floor, window to 3 upper floors, keystoned depressed-arch cart entrance (partly blocked) to right with rusticated quoins and voussoirs, window to 1st floor, hoist door to 2nd, window to 2 upper floors, brick extension to rear of 30 Commercial Street masks lower floors of 2 bays to right, window to each bay at 4th and 5th floors, bay to right steps up to 6th and 7th floors. Cills of 6th storey windows at eaves.

W ELEVATION: elevation of lower 4 floors now formed by 5-bay interior wall of demolished early 19th century warehouse; keystoned, stugged ashlar, round-headed arch arcade to ground floor, 5 windows to 1st and 2nd floors, all now blinded, rendered 3rd floor, 4th floor of original building set-back and rendered.

N GABLE: steps to door at 1st floor, 2 windows to 4 upper floors, single window to top floor.

S GABLE: lower floors masked by Iron Warehouse, blank above, harled to left.

INTERIOR: basement walls of main building to the E with various blocked windows, faced to the W with 3 keystoned, rusticated ashlar, round-headed arches and 1 smaller arch; 5 similar arches to the W formerly the outer E wall of adjoining warehouse. Upper floors have timber and cast-iron posts with timber beams and floors.

Statement of Interest

The basement of the original building suggests it may date to the 17th or 18th century, or earlier, this area being the heart of medieval Dundee; buildings to which remains in the basement may ralate are shown in the circa 1780 painting of the waterfront, and may be the thread making works associated with Castle Hill House, also listed (See NOTES to Castle Hill House). The arcades may have been designed by David Neave, the Town Architect favoured by Provost Alexander Riddoch who owned various properties in this area. A graving dock is shown on Neave's map which appears to extend to the arcades. Situated in the yard to the rear of 18, 22-32 Commercial Street adjoining the Iron Warehouse, also listed.

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