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Dundee, 30 Meadowside

Commercial Premises (19th Century)

Site Name Dundee, 30 Meadowside

Classification Commercial Premises (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 2 Royal Exchange Lane; Pearl Assurance Buildings

Canmore ID 183990

Site Number NO43SW 236

NGR NO 40282 30555

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dundee, City Of
  • Parish Dundee (Dundee, City Of)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Angus

Architecture Notes


Architect: C & L Ower 1898

Site Management (22 August 2000)

4-storey and attic with Flemish details, former Pearl Assurance building on corner site. Red sandstone ashlar, snecked to rear, polished Peterhead granite base course, grey slate roof. Frieze to 1st and 2nd floors, wallhead frieze; cross- and single transommed windows with moulded jambs, architraved to outer bays with crocketted finial-type capitals to 3rd floor and corbelled frieze detail to 1st and 2nd floors; wallhead dormers with richly detailed pediments and finials; finialled pyramidal-roofed angle tower, corbelled diagonal buttresses with crocketted finials, panelled frieze below small depressed-arched windows at wallhead; corbelled parapet and crowstepped gable with large coped and ridged stack to right pitch at Royal Exchange Lane elevation. Front elevation: paired panelled doors to centre with depressed-arch fanlights and linked ogival hoodmoulds, flanked by banded colonettes, corbelled parapet with shaped gable flanked by semi-octagonal bases of colonettes which flank mosaic inscription "PEARL ASSURANCE HOUSE" (overpainted circa 1990), 2 single windows at 1st and 2nd floors to support open-work balcony at 3rd floor, 2 further single windows to 3rd floor with bipartite dormer above; cross-windows to left and right bays at ground-3rd floors, further cross-window to large gabled dormer at left, cross-window and 3 single wallhead lights to tower at right. Royal Exchange Lane elevation: tower bay to left comprising cross-window at ground-3rd floors with open-work balcony at 3rd floor, tower elevation at front elevation; 2 bays to right consisting of single window to left and cross-window to right at 4 floors, gable and stack above. (Historic Environment Scotland List Entry)


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