Model of Dundee Townhouse

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designed by William Adam

Postcard of Model of Dundee Townhouse.
© National Museums Scotland

Model of Dundee Townhouse

The Dundee Townhouse or the Pillars, as it became known, was designed by William Adam and built between 1732 and 1734. It acted as a market, exchange and meeting place for the town council.

This model, made from red pine, shows considerable attention to detail. Original watch faces have been used to represent the dials of the spire clock. When the spire is removed, it is possible to see evidence of modelling techniques.

William Adam, 1688-1748, had diverse business interests, but his main occupation was as architect and builder. His first major commission was Hopetoun House in West Lothian. Another example of his work is Duff House.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-936-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.1997.116
Date: 18th century
Between 1732 and 1734
Material: Red pine, possibly Baltic; painted
Dimensions: 664 mm H x 455 mm L x 247 mm D (front to back)
What: Town house / model
Who: William Adam (architect)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: Painted wooden model of an 18th century Dundee Town House and former Town Hall, the original designed and built by William Adam between 1732 and 1734
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