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55, 55a, 59 and 61 Small's Wynd, Former Fleming Gymnasium, Boiler House and Jute Shed, University of Dundee

A Category B Listed Building in Dundee, Dundee

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4575 / 56°27'26"N

Longitude: -2.9799 / 2°58'47"W

OS Eastings: 339708

OS Northings: 729912

OS Grid: NO397299

Mapcode National: GBR Z8V.ZH

Mapcode Global: WH7RB.6Y8H

Entry Name: 55, 55a, 59 and 61 Small's Wynd, Former Fleming Gymnasium, Boiler House and Jute Shed, University of Dundee

Listing Date: 30 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 361512

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25300

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee

Town: Dundee

Electoral Ward: West End

Traditional County: Angus

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Description

Complex of buildings comprising former gymnasium and fives courts building, boiler house and jute shed (adjoining E wing of the Geddes Quadrangle to S and E).

FLEMING GYMNASIUM: John Donald Mills and Godfrey D B Shepherd, dated 1905. Single storey, rectangular-plan, former gymnasium including 2-storey, 2-bay former fives courts. Stugged and snecked squared ashlar with polished dressings, grey slate piended roof. Fives courts to left; door at ground floor, 2 windows to 1st. Gymnasium to right; 7-bay, tall round-headed keystoned windows with non-traditional glazing, recessed at 5 centre bays delineated by ashlar pilasters (without capitals), 2-leaf glazed and panelled doors to outer bays, moulded doorcases with dentiled cornice, overdoor panels inscribed 'University College Dundee' to left and 'The Fleming Gymnasium: AD 1905' to right. Small's Wynd elevation: 3-bay, centre bay recessed with tripartite window to ground floor and at 1st floor breaking through eaves with gabled dormerhead, tripartite window to ground floor right, bipartite to 1st floor left. INTERIOR: altered and adapted to new uses.

BOILER HOUSE AND JUTE SHED: Charles Edward and Thomas Saunders Robertson, 1872 (possibly incorporating earlier building). Snecked bull-faced rubble with cream ashlar dressings, grey slate roof. 2-storey gable to right; base course, ashlar quoins, ashlar-coped skews, full-length ridge ventilator, segmental doorway and 3 windows to ground floor, segmental window to 1st, modern single storey addition to right. Lower 3-bay, single storey and attic wing to left; ashlar base course and parapet, channelled quoin strips, segmental cart entrance blocked as doorway to slightly advanced bay at left, 3 windows to 2 bays at right, 3 modern rooflights. Wing to far left; random rubble, grey slate piended roof, 3 doorways of differing sizes, 8-light continuous rooflight. INTERIOR: altered and adapted to new uses.

Statement of Interest

This former jute shed was associated with James Edward of A and D Edward, Flaxspinners, who lived at Ellenbank during the 1840s-60s (Ellenbank listed at 1 and 3 Perth Road).

The former Fleming Gymnasium, opened in 1905 and is a good example of an early purpose built gymnasium in Scotland. The imposing and classically proportioned principal elevations are well-detailed with pilasters and round-arched windows, adding to its streetscape interest. The City of Dundee more generally, was an early champion of regular physical activity and training, understanding that a need existed for providing institutions where physical training could be brought within the reach of all. The building now houses the University of Dundee Forensic Medicine Department. Robert Fleming was an important Scottish financier and an acknowledged expert in the financing of American railroads.

List description updated as part of the sporting buildings thematic study (2012-13).

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