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10-14 (Even Nos) Marischal Street

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1475 / 57°8'50"N

Longitude: -2.0933 / 2°5'35"W

OS Eastings: 394455

OS Northings: 806293

OS Grid: NJ944062

Mapcode National: GBR SD4.LR

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.TMD0

Entry Name: 10-14 (Even Nos) Marischal Street

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355257

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20433

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Later 18th Century (see Notes). 3-storey with attic; 5-bay simple classical townhouse with shops to ground situated on sloping site. Loanhead granite ashlar with raised margins; moulded cornice. Central, double leaf timber door (No 12); fixed-pane window with glazing bars to left; timber door (No 10) and fixed single-pane window to far right. Recessed timber door (No 14) with steps at far left bay. 3 triangular pedimented dormers.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate. Ashlar skew to left gable. Coped granite ashlar stack; clay cans. Cast-iron rain water goods.

Statement of Interest

Marischal Street (designed by William Law, 1767) is of considerable historic interest in terms of the early development of Classical Aberdeen. The simple classical styling of Nos 10-14 forms a significant part of the Street's lengthy run, contributing to its refined character. The building was constructed at some point between 1767, when plans for the street were laid out, and 1789, when Alexander Milnes' map shows that the North half of the street was completed by that date.

Formed on the site of the Earl Marischal's lodging and linking Castlegate with the Harbour below, Marischal Street is carried on embankments down a partly vaulted incline. It is the earliest example of this type of construction in Aberdeen, anticipating the larger scale development of Union Street and Edinburgh's South Bridge by 20 years. Originally having a fine granite bridge half way down, this was demolished and replaced in 1983 along with adjacent Nos 36-38 and 37-39 to allow the widening of Virginia Street below.

The buildings occupying the Southern half of the street are attributed to William Smith (d.1812), father of John Smith (the renowned Aberdeen architect - b.1781) and are generally grander and more varied. The street as a whole retains much of its refinement and original character despite the gradual move from domestic to commercial ownership throughout 19th century. It is thought to be the first street in Aberdeen paved with square granite sets.

Part of A Group with 3-60 (Inclusive Nos) Marischal Street.

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