Union Street

Archibald Simpson’s buildings are still seen throughout Aberdeen, giving the city much of it’s distinctive architectural character. Old Aberdeen was limited in size to the area around the Castlegate and Harbour by the Denburn Valley. The Building of Union Street overcame this natural barrier to relieve the strain of the small, cramped streets that caused problems for people coming into the city and create an impressive thoroughfare. The first half of the nineteenth century saw the appearance of many of the public buildings that still characterise the city; the Music Hall, the Royal Athenaeum, the Triple Kirks, the Medical Hall, St Andrew’s Chapel and the headquarters of the North of Scotland Bank, all of which were the work of Archibald Simpson.

Postcard, Aberdeen City Library


November 1910