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Latitude: 57.1477 / 57°8'51"N
Longitude: -2.1075 / 2°6'27"W
OS Eastings: 393593
OS Northings: 806312
OS Grid: NJ935063
Mapcode National: GBR SB4.47
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.LLMW
Plus Code: 9C9V4VXR+3X
Entry Name: 53-55 Skene Street, Aberdeen
Listing Name: 1-27 (Odd Nos) Rosemount Viaduct and 53, 55 Skene Street
Listing Date: 19 March 1984
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355319
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20472
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midstocket/Rosemount
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
A Brown & G Watt, 1897. Grand Manner Edwardian tenement block on sharp corner site with shallow curved principal elevation along Rosemount Viaduct. 4-storey and attic; 4 x 3 bocks, divided by pilastrade and terminated E and W by canted corner towers with conical slaed roofs, most dramatically at E. Granite ashlar to front; granite rubble at rear; windows paired, except at corner bays; sash and case glazing, upper sashes multi-paned, plain below.
Shops at ground retaining much of original structure: shopfronts divided by polished pink granite pilasters, paired console brackets at fascia. Timber architraved doors and margined fanlights (tall oblong fanlights with radial astragals dividing margin into 8 compartments). Original fanlights at 11, 17, 23 and 53 Skene Street).
1ST FLOOR: eleborated with horizontal banding; shallow canted oriel windows to outer bays of 3-bay blocks, plain at centre, rising through 2ND FLOOR: pierced parapet capping 2nd floor oriels. Plainer 3RD FLOOR AND ATTIC: attic bays grouped together in 4 3-bay blocks; parapet above attic cornice; symmetrical wallhead composition comprising pair of wallhead satcks flanking small curved pediment at centre. Parapet is open at main elevations, blind below wallhead centrepieces, with raised vertical bandings giving the impression of balusters, rising through wallhead stacks above; ball finials over canted angle bays.
E ANGLE TOWER: tightly curved, circular to 2nd floor, corbelled to hexagonal at 3rd and attic on simple cubic die-blocks.
Curved glazing at 1st and 2nd.
2nd floor windows with apron panel detailing. Column mullions to attic windows with exaggerated entasis. Slim conical slated roof, with columned belfry stage below saucer-domed cap; weather-vane at apex.
W ANGLE: shallow canted; plainer hexagonal slated spirelet roof; again, column mullions to attic windows (plain mullions to principal elevation) and apron panels at 2nd as at E angle. 2 return bays into Skene Street. Plain 4 return bays at SKENE TERRACE: granite ashlar with cill courses and broad decorative, vertically banded stack above plain parapet. Adjacent single-storey enclosing wall with shaped wallhead-gable with swan-necked scrolls and wallhead stack rising through centre enclosing rear courtyard at Skene Terrace.
Up-graded 9 October 1991
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