The Mary Acre, Brechin

M211 The Mary Acre, Brechin

Address: The Mary Acre, 11, Argyll Street, Brechin DD9 6JL
Date: 1902–4
Client: Alexander Philip
Authorship: Authorship category 3 (Office with Mackintosh) (Office with Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of chimneypiece, drawing room

1902
15 April: submission of first plans to client. 1
4 June: John Keppie writes to Alexander Philip regarding alterations to sketch plans of house made by Keppie at Philip's suggestion. 2
June: Amended first-floor plan of the house. 3
14 July: Plans approved by Brechin Dean of Guild Court. 4
July: Amended plan of kitchen entrance. 5
28 August: Contractor tenders accepted. 6
24 September: Altered plans submitted to Brechin Dean of Guild Court. 7
29 September: Alterations approved by Brechin Dean of Guild Court. 8
1903
March: Drawings prepared showing further alterations to service wing of house. 9
15 October: Master of Works deems house completed and certifies it fit for occupation. 10
1904
October: Final payments to contractors. 11
26 October: Discharged account sent by John Keppie. 12
1906
6 October: New first-floor nursery built over the service wing is deemed complete by the Burgh Surveyor. 13
1979
Service wing converted into a separate house. 14
1980
Semicircular stone sun-porch with slate roof designed by architects Robbie & Wellwood is added to the N. elevation of the main house. 15
1990s
Conversion of attic to two bedrooms and en-suite bathroom, and upgrading of attic stairs. Minor alterations also carried out to ground-floor cloakroom, kitchen and first-floor bathroom, and en-suite bathroom added to master bedroom on first floor. 16

Notes:

1: Brechin Cathedral Archive: John Keppie to Alexander Philip.

2: Brechin Cathedral Archive: John Keppie to Alexander Philip.

3: Notes on this drawing suggest that it was supplementary to the set of 12 passed by Brechin Dean of Guild Court on 14 July 1902. The drawing was dated 24 and 29 September 1902 by Brechin Dean of Guild Court. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132c.

4: Handwritten note signed by Brechin Dean of Guild, John S. Baxter, on sheet of elevations dated 24 and 29 September 1902 gives date of approval of original set of plans. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132a.

5: Notes on this drawing suggest that it was supplementary to the set of 12 passed by Brechin Dean of Guild Court on 14 July 1902. The drawing was dated 24 and 29 September 1902 by Brechin Dean of Guild Court. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132e.

6: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, pp. 8–9.

7: Drawings stamped and signed 24 September 1902. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132a.

8: Handwritten note signed by the Dean of Guild, John S. Baxter, on sheet of elevations dated 24 and 29 September 1902. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132a.

9: Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132b; BDG 132d.

10: Dated handwritten note on sheet of elevations dated 24 and 29 September 1902. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 132a.

11: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p. 9.

12: Brechin Cathedral Archive: John Keppie to Alexander Philip.

13: The unsigned, rudimentary drawing showing the proposed addition is not by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh. Forfar, Angus Archives: Brechin Dean of Guild Court plans, BDG 245. By 1911 Philip and his wife Ethel had three daughters aged seven, five and three years.

14: 'The Mary Acre', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 1840–1980, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [accessed 26 October 2011].

15: Charles McKean, 'A new house porch with a pleasing aspect', Times, 24 October 1980, p. 15; information supplied by owners, 29 September 2011.

16: Information supplied by owners, 29 September 2011.