TOLBOOTH STREET, FALCONER MUSEUM (Ref:31747)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category B building and was listed on 26/01/1971.
Group Items: 132-134,
Group Cat: B,
Map Ref: NJ 037 589.
A and W Reid, 1868-70. Italian Renaissance. 2 storeys, 3-bay entrance to N, 6-bay elevation to Tolbooth Street. Finely stugged ashlar with polished ashlar dressings, rubble flanks to S and E. Vitruvian scroll between ground and 1st floors, rosettes in frieze, cornice, die parapet with terminal finials to both facades. N FACADE: shallow advanced centre bay with paved Roman Doric columned portico; pilastered and shafted round-arched tripartite above, with broad outer pilaster strips supporting frieze inscribed "Falconer Museum" and pediment enclosing portrait bust and crowning anthemion. Outer bays with round- arched pilastered windows in each floor, shell decoration and portrait-mask keystone at ground, 1st floor windows recessed in panels. W ELEVATION: similar details, 2 centre bays advanced with panelled parapet; all 1st floor windows bipartite. Piended slate roof.
The Museum was founded by bequests by Alexander Falconer in
1856, and by his brother, Dr Hugh Falconer. W facade
commemorate's (left to right) Hugh Miller, Sir Walter Scott,
Sir Davie Brewster, Edmund Forbes, Dr John Malcolmson and
Former Item 133 (1983 Revised List)
INVERNESS ADVERTISER, Sept 18, 1868. Advertisement for
tenders. Groome, ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, iii, (1883)
p.48 J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), p.257.
Plans with Elgin Library, Forres, DAW P2141.
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