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Latitude: 57.144 / 57°8'38"N
Longitude: -2.1218 / 2°7'18"W
OS Eastings: 392729
OS Northings: 805905
OS Grid: NJ927059
Mapcode National: GBR S83.Q3
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.CPWQ
Entry Name: 31-55 (Odd Numbers) Carden Place and 2 and 4 Prince Arthur Street, Including Boundary Wall and Railings
Listing Date: 12 January 1967
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 354749
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20157
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Nos 31-37 completed by 1864; remainder later 19th century; completed primarily by Mackenzie and McMillan, circa 1881; George Hall, builder, No 47 dated 1876. Single storey and attic, 30-bay terrace comprising 12 2-bay and 2 3-bay cottages. Tooled coursed granite ashlar finely finished to margins. Base course; pilastered timber doorways some with fretwork timber lintel; letterbox fanlights; doorways and windows corniced with consoles; panelled timber doors, some 2-leaf; panelled aprons to ground floor windows; long and short quoins; eaves course; predominantly canted dormers to attic, some later additions.
NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: Nos 31, 35-53: 2-bay; doorway flanked by single window to principal floor. Nos 33 and 55: 3-bay; doorway to centre of principal floor flanked to left and right by single window. No 2 Prince Arthur Street, Carden Place elevation: 2-bay, window to each bay. 2 canted dormers to each cottage; skylight to centre of No 33; bipartite rectangular dormer to centre of No 55.
SW ELEVATION: pair of round-arched windows centred in gablehead with keystone detail.
SE ELEVATION: irregular openings to ground floor; predominantly 2 dormers to attic floor of each cottage; some additions and alterations.
NE (PRINCE ARTHUR STREET) ELEVATION: No 2: symmetrical, 3-bay, doorway to centre of ground floor flanked to left and right by single window; 3 round-arched windows set in gablehead. No 4: 3-bay; doorway to left of ground floor flanked to right by 2 windows, 2 dormers to attic above; boundary wall adjoining to outer left (see below).
Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows; plate glass window to No 51; 2-pane windows to No 55; some modern glazing to dormer windows. Grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped stone skews with blocked skewputts. Corniced gablehead and ridge stacks with circular and octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIORS: not seen 2000.
BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: low granite walls to N, some surmounted by railings. Rubble coped walls to S.
A-Group with 1-23 Albert Street, 2-18 Albert Street, 1-34 Albert Terrace and 1 Prince Arthur Street, 2-16 Albyn Place, 1-6 Rubislaw Place and 21 and 23 Waverley Place, 7-11 Victoria Street, 17 Victoria Street, 19 Victoria Street, 21-59 Victoria Street and 181 Skene Street, 18-28 Victoria Street and 2, 6, 10 and 16 Waverley Place and 30-56 Victoria Street (see separate listings). A continuation of 1-34 Albert Terrace and 1 Prince Arthur Street, 31-55 Carden Place and 2 and 4 Prince Arthur Street is typical of the 19th century cottage terraces of Aberdeen. The attics are lit by canted dormers windows, materials usually granite rubble or ashlar (as employed here), the cornicing and consoles over the door and window openings unify the row. The adjacent Albert Terrace was designed by Archibald Simpson. Although the architect for Carden Place is not known it seems likely that Simpson influenced the architect, or that his plans were re-worked to suit this site. The initials GH, George Hall, the builder during this phase of the work, appear on the eaves course of No 47 flanked by the date.
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