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Latitude: 57.1485 / 57°8'54"N
Longitude: -2.0928 / 2°5'34"W
OS Eastings: 394481
OS Northings: 806406
OS Grid: NJ944064
Mapcode National: GBR SD6.R5
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.TLL7
Entry Name: 12 and 13 Castle Street
Listing Date: 12 January 1967
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 354771
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20164
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Early 19th century. 3-storey and attic 3-bay Classical tenement, with commercial premises to ground. Ground floor comprises off-centre entrance with flanking plate glass windows. Further wide opening to left with timber panelled door. Grey granite ashlar, rubble to rear. Pair of canted piended dormers.
Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows, plate glass to ground. Grey slates. Tall red brick gable stacks.
This is a good example of an early Classical tenement building which forms a significant part of the streetscape of the Castlegate. The simple Classical style is typical of granite buildings of this period before sophisticated cutting techniques were developed. A photograph of around 1880 shows the building with its ground floor openings in the same position as today (2006), but with a fascia board above. The building is situated on the North side of Castle Street where the building date predominately from the early or mid 19th century.
Castle Street (or Castlegate) is considered by many to be the heart of Aberdeen city centre. It has been the site of the main market place since the 12th century. It contains a 17th century Mercat Cross (a Scheduled Ancient Monument). The central rectangular area has, through the centuries, been bounded by a succession of different buildings, predominantly private houses and commercial premises. The Tolbooth was built here in the 17th century. The earlier buildings were replaced from the 19th century onwards using the existing footprint, and therefore the important large central space which continues to form a focal point for the city was retained.
Part of B Group with Nos 1-7 Justice Street, Nos 9-23, 31-35, 40-48, 51 and 52 (inclusive nos) Castle Street, and Salvation Army Citadel.
Category changed from B to C(S), 2007.
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