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Maryfield Conservation Area

Maryfield Conservation Area

Maryfield Conservation Area

Maryfield has a quiet residential character, containing mostly detached, semi-detached and terraced houses. The few tenements in the area are of a particularly high quality and nestle between Mains Loan and the Forfar Road. Maryfield has retained both Victorian and Edwardian features and has over the years matured into one of the most attractive areas of the city. It is also enhanced by its proximity to Baxter Park, a popular leisure and recreational area.

This area to the north of Dundee city centre was first developed in the mid 18th century, and developed along the Forfar Road. It was primarily a residential area for the new middle classes who wanted a suburban location on the boundary of the city. The areas popularity was reinforced with the opening in 1863 of Baxter Park, the only formal Victorian Park in the city.

The recently restored Morgan Academy acts as the focus of the Conservation Area. Set on a high slope overlooking the city, its Scots Baronial architecture dominates the skyline. It was designed in 1863-6 by Peddie and Kinnear for the education of "the sons of tradesmen and persons of the working class generally whose parents stand in need of assistance". Both Baxter Park and the Morgan Academy were the outcome of philanthropic gestures by the families of the same name. Such reminders of the power and wealth in trade and commerce at that time can be found all over the city.

Stobswell Church built by Edward and Robertson in 1876 provides a wonderful cornerpiece at the junction of Dura and Albert Streets. Edward was also responsible for the design of the Salvation Army Hostel and the Royal Dundee (Liff) Hospital.

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