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34 Albyn Place, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1428 / 57°8'33"N

Longitude: -2.1233 / 2°7'23"W

OS Eastings: 392637

OS Northings: 805768

OS Grid: NJ926057

Mapcode National: GBR S7W.JY

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.CQ4N

Entry Name: 34 Albyn Place, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354632

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20123

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Circa 1840. 2-storey, basement and attic, 3-bay villa with classical detailing. Tooled coursed grey granite ashlar, finely finished to margins and dressings. Base course; panelled strip quoins; eaves course, cornice and blocking course.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; doorway to ground floor of centre bay, ashlar doorpiece, pilasters supporting segmental-arched pediment, 2-leaf panelled timber door with letterbox fanlight, windows to basement floor enclosed by railings; tripartite windows to flanking bays to left and right at ground floor, pedimented with consoles; 3 regularly placed architraved windows to 1st floor; 2 piend-roofed rectangular dormers to attic floor.

W ELEVATION: gabled; bipartite windows to centre of ground floor, 2-light windows to 1st floor above flanked by single window to left; window sent in gablehead of attic floor flanked to left by window and to right by blind opening.

S ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; modern addition to basement and ground floor, window to left of ground floor; round-arched stair window to centre bay between ground and 1st floors, canted 3-light oriel windows flanking to left and right; slate-hung rectangular dormer comprising single central window flanked to left and right by bipartite windows at attic floor.

E ELEVATION: gabled; window to centre of ground and 1st floors flanked to right by single window; 3 blind windows set in gablehead at attic floor.

Variety of timber sash and case windows Grey slate roof with metal ridge. Coped stone skews with blocked skewputts. Corniced ashlar gablehead stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: some mouldings survive; stair with decorative iron balusters.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan gatepiers to N with pyramidal caps. Low granite kerb wall to N; granite and brick coped rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

Albyn Place was originally built on the lands of Rubislaw, owned by James Skene. Skene lived in Albyn Place in Edinburgh (hence the same name in Aberdeen), and commissioned Archibald Elliot to prepare a scheme for Aberdeen based on the New Town in Edinburgh. Albyn Place was the only part of Elliot's scheme to be executed, the remainder being remodelled by Archibald Simpson just over a decade later, and again in the 1840s. 34 Albyn Place is on a bolder scale than many of the other villas on Albyn Place. Details of particular interest include the decorative doorpiece, pedimented ground floor windows and quoins. Under ownership of Stronachs (2000).

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