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Latitude: 57.1432 / 57°8'35"N
Longitude: -2.1115 / 2°6'41"W
OS Eastings: 393349
OS Northings: 805819
OS Grid: NJ933058
Mapcode National: GBR S9K.7C
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.JQQ9
Entry Name: 478-484 (Even Numbers) Union Street
Listing Date: 4 November 1981
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355518
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20572
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midstocket/Rosemount
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
John Smith, 1830; reconstructed circa 1900; No 484 converted for British Linen Bank, Dick Peddie, Todd and Jamieson, 1937. 4-storey, 3-bay former cistern, converted to tenement. Coursed granite ashlar. Channelled rustication to ground floor; bipartite windows to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors; 3rd floor band course and projecting cornice above cill level; eaves cornice and blocking course.
SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 4-light window to centre of ground floor, flanked by left and right by advanced doorways, 2-leaf panelled timber doors with tall letterbox fanlights; modern shop front to right of ground floor, 5-light window to left; 2 pairs of giant pilasters flanking central bay to 1st and 2nd floors, rising to break eaves with block pediment between; regular fenestration to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.
NE AND SW ELEVATIONS: obscured by adjoining terraces.
NW ELEVATION: not seen 2000.
2-pane timber sash and case windows. Roof material not seen 2000. Coped stone skews. Gablehead stacks with octagonal cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 2000.
478-484 Union Street was originally built as the cistern for Aberdeen by John Smith (1781-1852). It was essentially a giant tank, designed to look like a tenement. Circa 1900 it was converted into a tenement. No 484 at ground floor, became the "West End Branch" of the British Linen Bank. The shopfront was remodelled by Dick Peddie, Todd and Jamieson in 1937. 478-484 is now predominantly in commercial use.
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