Why are corners so important?

  • Corner buildings are placed in an important location, where two streets meet.
  • These intersections are the places where people are most likely to congregate.
  • Corner buildings are highly visible.   A typical town building will have one major facade facing the street with the other 3 sides tucked into the block. A corner building has 2 main facades facing the street. More visibility = more importance.
  • The corner building is more likely to shout “look at me!”

The Broch has some spectacular corner buildings in its town centre, built to make a bold statement.

The Town Chambers, Kirk Brae and Saltoun Square. Architect: Thomas MacKenzie, 1853-5. Council meetings took place upstairs, the lower arcades were originally open to accommodate trading on market days.

Anderson House, Broad Street and Frithside Street. Architect: probably Archibald Simpson, c. 1820-35. Designed as a town house for Baron Baillie Lewis Chalmers, it was soon to hold a bank, and its elegant reception rooms used for public gatherings.

The Dalrymple Hall, Harbour Road and Station Brae. Architects: Jenkins & Marr, 1881-3. The ultimate multipurpose building, the hall provided a café and dining room, a public hall with 1100 seats, recreation room, newsroom, library, museum and art school, public baths and sherriff court.

The Town & County Bank Building, Mid Street and Broad Street. Architect: J.R. MacKenzie, 1875.

The Royal Hotel, Broad Street and Frithside Street. Architect: William Wilson, 1909-11.