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Park Place, Scrymgeour Building, University of Dundee, Including Boundary Walls and Railings

A Category B Listed Building in Dundee, Dundee

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4582 / 56°27'29"N

Longitude: -2.9782 / 2°58'41"W

OS Eastings: 339814

OS Northings: 729988

OS Grid: NO398299

Mapcode National: GBR Z92.N5

Mapcode Global: WH7RB.7X2Y

Entry Name: Park Place, Scrymgeour Building, University of Dundee, Including Boundary Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 30 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 361464

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25269

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee

Town: Dundee

Electoral Ward: West End

Traditional County: Angus

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Description

Thomas Martin Cappon, 1911-20. 3-storey and raised basement, symmetrical with E-plan, 17-bay front, plain Beaux-Arts style former Dundee College of Education, with smaller more simply detailed, 2- and 4-storey and attic former Demonstration School to N linked by covered bridge at 1st-2nd floor level. Red ashlar to front, bull-faced snecked red rubble to sides with red ashlar dressings, piended slate roof.

Ashlar base course, band course at ground floor, corbelled cornice at 2nd floor, prominent corniced parapet, stepped at centre bay and pavilions; channelled lower floors, channelled quoin strips with festooned rectangular detail at capitals; single, bi- and tripartite windows, some architraved, corniced or round-headed, with multi-pane sash and case, or top-hopper and casement frames.

FRONT ELEVATION: 3 bays slightly advanced to centre. U-plan Perron staircase with coped ashlar flanks and channelled piers incorporating central door to basement, moulded and Doric-columned banded doorpiece with segmental pediment adorned with coats of arms and acanthus leaves, window to left and right at ground and 1st floor, bipartite recessed above, Diocletian window at 2nd floor flanked by single windows with

side panels and cornice. 6 bays to left and right, each comprising

6 round-headed windows to basement, 6 windows to ground (corniced), 1st and 2nd floors. Pavilions advanced to outer left and right; 3 round-headed windows to basement, 3 windows to ground and 1st floors, Diocletian window to 2nd floor, window to each floor at inner returns.

RIGHT RETURN ELEVATION: 8 bays; 3 round-headed windows and door to basement at left, 4 windows to right, 8 windows to upper floors (very small window 4th bay from right 3rd floor).

LEFT RETURN ELEVATION: similar to right return but with slight variations in fenestration, segmental-arched bridge to N building between ground and 1st floors with 2 bipartite windows and corniced parapet; later addition to rear.

REAR ELEVATION: wing advanced to centre with ground floor and tall principal floor, 6 round-headed windows to return elevations; pavilions advanced to far left and right, various later additions.

INTERIOR: large single storey, Doric-columned entrance hall with corbelled cornice and beamed ceiling; pilastered entrance hall to basement below; large assembly hall with waggon roof, round-headed windows with leaded lights and stained glass panels alternating with giant pilasters, panelled gallery to W end.

N BUILDING FRONT ELEVATION: 5 bays recessed to centre, 3 large round-headed windows to ground floor, 3 cross-windows to 1st, columned porch with corniced parapet to re-entrant angles at left and right, 2 stair windows above; 5-storey, 2-bay pavilions advanced to left and right, paired windows to lower floors, keystoned round-headed window to 4th floor breaking through cornice.

LEFT RETURN ELEVATION: 2 paired windows at 4 floors to right, door and various windows at slightly recessed bay to left.

RIGHT RETURN ELEVATION: similar to left, but with bridge to main building.

INTERIOR: not seen.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: low ashlar boundary walls with metal railings, various ashlar piers, 2 metal lampstandards at main entrance staircase.

Statement of Interest

This building was built as the College of Education, and acquired by the University in 1975 when the College moved to a new site at West Ferry. The north wing is now the Computing Centre and the principal building the Faculty of Law (1993); it is named after Henry Scrymgeour, a 16th century academic lawyer and member of the famous Scrymgeour family of Dundee. There was formerly a cupola on the roof of the main

building.

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