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We have a wealth of information about hidden architectural gems of all kinds in locations throughout Scotland. This extensive catalogue of venues lists places that have participated in Doors Open Days through the years.


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Fraserburgh Town House & Chamber

Fraserburgh�s baroque-style Town House was built in 1853�1855 and housed the town's council chamber. The building is owned by Aberdeenshire Council and houses a number of Council departments. Enter the building through the impressive Corinthian rotunda entrance, underneath the statue of the Lord Saltoun on the corner of Saltoun Square and continue upstairs to take a look at the Chamber. The Chamber is generally closed to the public but can be hired for special occasions such as wedding ceremonies . A number of important paintings are displayed in the Chambers, including two by artist A John Shirreffs of Sir Alexander Anderson, Baron Bailie of Fraserburgh (1872-1887) and John Park, Chief Magistrate and Provost of Fraserburgh (1893-1896).

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Long Croft

Long Croft�is a catagory A, National Monuments house, built in 1901-1902 by a husband and wife couple, Alexander Paterson and Maggie Hamilton.�Husband and wife were part of the Glasgow boys and Glasgow girls group of painters, needle women, architects and artisans.�To the left of the drawing room fireplace there are books with lots of information on the house and the Paterson family, including some wonderful photographs taken by James Paterson, the architect's brother and another painter.� They were part of a large group who grew up on the West of Scotland and� spent a great deal of time together.� The house was often full of artists, working together.�The house book, which is in the Hunterian museum in Glasgow, documents James Whistler, George Walton, EA� Walton, James Guthrie and many others staying and dining in the house.� All the tapestries and panels were done by Maggie Hamilton except for the one next to the piano which is a Spanish alter cloth that she was very fond of.�There was a very ornate piece that hung in the dining room which Hamilton donated to the Glasgow Museum of Art before her death, it may have been destroyed in the Glasgow School of Art two years ago. If you are interested in this era of painting the Anderson trust is stored down at the Helensburgh library and contains a great many paintings done in the house or garden.In the hall is a water colour done by Paterson and a wood block and charcoal done by Viola, their daughter. The poem in the hall was written for Viola by a friend as she lived in the house until she died.�In the drawing room the watercolour is by Jesse Newberry, Frau Newberry's wife. The charcoal murals on the stairs were cartoons done for Fife town hall by William Drummond Bone. Over the years people have donated some paintings and furniture back to the house. In the library friends and family who have visited us in different countries (Kenya, Norway) sent presents in the form of art!


Anatomical Museum

The Anatomical Museum at the University of Edinburgh opened in 1884 and still forms an integral part of the ‘Old Medical School’ (designed by Robert Rowand Anderson). Anderson submitted building plans after touring the classical medical schools of Europe and his final design mixed elements of Scottish architecture with a 'Cinquecento' Italian style. The museum has one of the largest and best-preserved collections of anatomy in Scotland, as well as the skeleton of the serial killer William Burke. The specimens and preparations on display have helped to teach anatomy to students for 300 years. Today the museum is still used by medical students as a resource and study space. Specimens include skeletons, death masks and fascinating anatomical curiosities.


Suntrap Garden & Millbuies House CLOSED

Millbuies was the home of benefactor George Boyd Anderson and reflects his expansive, innovative, creative and slightly eccentric personality. Designed by architect Sir Robert Matthews, assisted by Sir James Dunbar Nasmith, it was built in 1957 as an early eco-home incorporating many unusual, heat-saving features suggested by the owner: triple and quadruple glazing, positioned to catch maximum sunlight, underfloor heating, a sun room and an inner courtyard. The house is set in a beautiful garden sloping down to the Gogar burn with statues, terraces, a sunken garden, and specially commissioned doocot and stone compost area. It is a fascinating example of modernist architecture which aims to bring the garden into the house in accordance with the principles of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was B listed by Historic Scotland in February 2012. At the time of printing the future of Suntrap is uncertain; please check www. for details of opening.

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