Old Academy, Perth

The Old Academy is an historic building in Perth, Scotland. Located on Rose Terrace, overlooking the southern end of the North Inch, it is a Category A listed building, built between 1803 and 1807.[1][2] It was the home of Perth Academy between 1807 and 1932.

Old Academy
Rose Terrace.jpg
The building in 2003, exactly 200 years since construction on it began
Location6–7 Rose Terrace,
Perth, Scotland
Coordinates56°24′01″N 3°25′57″W / 56.40019°N 3.43252°W / 56.40019; -3.43252Coordinates: 56°24′01″N 3°25′57″W / 56.40019°N 3.43252°W / 56.40019; -3.43252
Built1803 to 1807, 215 years ago
ArchitectRobert Reid
Architectural style(s)Georgian
Listed Building – Category A
Designated20 May 1965
Reference no.LB39322
Old Academy, Perth is located in Perth
Old Academy, Perth
Shown in Perth

Perth's lord provost Thomas Hay Marshall was involved with its design, by Robert Reid, four years before his death.[3]

The building formerly housed the 1696-founded Perth Academy (at the time specialising mostly in Maths and the sciences), the Grammar (specialising in mostly Classics, History and Philosophy), the English School, the French school,[4] the Drawing and Painting school, and the Writing school. Together they were known as the public Seminaries.[2]

The building's balustraded parapet with a clock and statues of Britannia and a British Lion was added in 1886, the work of sculptor William Birnie Rhind.[5] His father, John Rhind, died in Perth three years later.

Andrew Granger Heiton made additions in 1907,[6] and Donald Alexander Stewart made alterations to the academy's preparatory department in 1908.[7]

Perth Academy moved to its current location, in the Viewlands area of the city, in 1932.[8]

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  1. ^ THE OLD ACADEMY, 6, 7 ROSE TERRACEHistoric Environment Scotland
  2. ^ a b The Tourist's Hand-book to Perth and Neighbourhood (1849), p. 45
  3. ^ "Anniversary of man who shaped Perth but died penniless"Daily Record, 11 July 2008
  4. ^ The British Controversialist and Literary Magazine, Volume 1 (1866), p. 205
  5. ^ a b Small Grants – Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust
  6. ^ Andrew Granger Heiton - Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  7. ^ Donald Alexander Stewart - Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  8. ^ Perth: The Postcard Collection, Jack Gillon (2020) ISBN 9781398102262

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