Basic Site Details

Name: Cistern House
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: C listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Originally built as the cistern for Aberdeen - essentially a giant water tank, disguised as tenement. Subsequently converted into tenement, with commercial premises at ground floor.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2British Linen Bank Ground floor converted for British Linen Bank
Item 2 of 2Union Street Waterhouse Alternative original title

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Bank  
Item 2 of 2Tenement  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1478-484, Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31829  Original building
Item 2 of 31900  Reconstructed
Item 3 of 31936  Remodelling of no 484 for British Linen Bank


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4John SmithArchitect 1829 Original building
Item 2 of 4David John ChisholmArchitectA1936 Remodelling of no 484 for British Linen Bank
Item 3 of 4J M Dick Peddie & Walker ToddArchitectural practiceA1936 Remodelling of no 484 for British Linen Bank
Item 4 of 4William James Walker ToddArchitectA1936 Remodelling of no 484 for British Linen Bank


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Morgan, Diane2008The Granite Mile: the story of Aberdeen's Union Street Black & White Publishing, Edinburgh (in collaboration with Evening Express, Aberdeen)p178 - photo as first built

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen Journal24 March 1830   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20572Listing is for nos 478-484
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1930/17/1