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Aberdeen, 174-194 Union Street, Music Hall

Hall (19th Century), War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Aberdeen, 174-194 Union Street, Music Hall

Classification Hall (19th Century), War Memorial (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Silver Street South; 23 - 25 Golden Square; Assembly Rooms; Silver Street Music Hall; City Of Aberdeen War Memorial Plaque; Spanish Civil War Memorial

Canmore ID 20090

Site Number NJ90NW 183

NGR NJ 93745 06064

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Aberdeen
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ90NW 183 93745 06064.

The Assembly Rooms were built 1820, architect Archibald Simpson; Music Hall added to the North end by James Matthews, 1858.

W A Brogden 1988.

Music Hall. Built in 1820 to the design of Archibald Simpson and originally known as the 'Assembly Rooms'. The frontage comprises six Ionic columns supporting a concert hall of classic style and has a giant Ionic porch. The main auditorium is a concert hall added in the classic style by James Matthews in 1858-9. The Round Room has Corinthian columns and a central oculus; the Square Room has anta order and a dome; the ballroom has a sementally-arched ceiling.

Renovated between August 1984 and May 1986.

(Newspaper and bibliographic references cited).

NMRS, MS/712/83.

Air photograph. Aberdeen, Music Hall and Golden Square: AAS/00/08/CT.

NMRS, MS/712/100.

Architecture Notes


Architect: Archibald Simpson 1820.


Aberdeen Public Library Reference Department - Plans 'In Aberdeen Fifty Years Ago', 1952.


EEC Jan 8th 1820 - Advertisement for architect to provide plans for public rooms for Aberdeen.


Photographic Survey (March 1954)

Photographs of buildings in Aberdeen, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in March 1954.

Photographic Survey (April 1962)

Photographic survey of the exterior and interior of the Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen in 1962 by the Scottish National Buildings Survey/Ministry of Works.

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.


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