Gilfillan Memorial Church, Dundee

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 40350 30060, map


Whitehall Crescent
22-26 Whitehall Place


This impressive sandstone building is centrally placed within the curving Whitehall Place, at the southern edge of the city centre. The surrounding tenements contain both retail and living accommodation. K. Nichols

Description (exterior)

Built in 1887, this unusual church formed the centrepiece of Whitehall Place. Only the elaborate, symmetrical, north face is visible. It features polished stone, highly ornate round-arched windows, carved tympanum and a highly decorative pediment above the upper window. When originally constructed it was topped by an ornate cupola, which was removed for safety reasons some years ago. 

K. Nichols, J Dowling

Description (interior)

The interior is dominated by its massive organ, which rises up behind the pulpit. There are galleries on three sides, which look down on the pulpit, which is itself raised up. There is a lot of dark wood furniture, fittings and panelling.


  • Church: Build/construction (1887)
    People: Malcolm Stark

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 6154

Bibliographic References:

Dundee: an Illustrated Architectural GuideCharles McKean and David Walker1993Page 63
Victorian Dundee at WorkIan McCraw2002
The Kirks of Dundee Presbytery 1558 - 1999Ian McCraw1999