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1-16 (Inclusive Numbers) Albyn Terrace, Including Gatepiers, Boundary Walls and Railings

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1433 / 57°8'35"N

Longitude: -2.1221 / 2°7'19"W

OS Eastings: 392711

OS Northings: 805827

OS Grid: NJ927058

Mapcode National: GBR S82.8V

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.CQQ7

Entry Name: 1-16 (Inclusive Numbers) Albyn Terrace, Including Gatepiers, Boundary Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 26 April 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355749

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20634

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Later to late 19th century; Nos 1 and 2 built by 1864-7. 2-storey, basement and attic, 40-bay palace block terrace comprising 2-bay and 3-bay houses; 4-bay central block, 3-bay terminal pavilions. Rough-faced coursed grey granite with contrasting light grey long and short dressings finely finished to margins. Base course; chamfered 1st floor cills; moulded eaves course; kneelered gables with stone finials. Regular fenestration to basement; hoodmoulded doorways reached by stone steps flanked by railings, predominantly panelled timber doors with letterbox fanlights; decorative timber round-arched dormers to attic floor, except No 7.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; Nos 8 and 9: 4-bay central pavilion; 2 doorways to centre 2 bays of ground floor, regular fenestration to 1st floor and attic above; gabled bays flanking to left and right, 3-light canted windows through ground and 1st floors of each, forming balcony with decorative iron brattishing at attic floor, window set in gablehead. Nos 3-7 and Nos 10-14 link blocks adjoining to left and right of central pavilion: 3 bay houses, doorways to right of ground floor at Nos 3-7 and to left of ground floor at Nos 10-14, regular fenestration to remaining bays of ground and 1st floors, 2 symmetrically placed dormers to attic floor. Nos 2 and 15, terminal pavilions: 3-bay, doorways to centre of ground floor, flanked to inner bay by single window, 2 windows above to 1st floor and attic floor; gabled outer bay, with window to ground floor and 3-light oriel to 1st floor above, small 2-pane window set in gablehead.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: Nos 1-2 and 15-16: symmetrical; regular fenestration to 2 centre bays; oversized engaged circular towers to flanking bays to left and right, 3 windows to ground and 1st floors of each, 2 dormers to attic floors of conical roofs with decorative iron finials.

N ELEVATION: gabled bays to outer left and right advanced; near-regular fenestration to basement ground and 1st floors, some doorways and stairs to 1st floor; variety of gabled additions; dormers and skylights to attic floor.

Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped gablehead and ridge stacks with octagonal cans. Coped stone skews with blocked skewputts. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

RAILINGS, GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: decorative iron railings on steps to doorways of principal elevation; rough-faced square-plan gatepiers with pyramidal caps to left and right of wall to S, cap missing to pier to outer right, top half of flanking pier missing; low wall, formerly with railings, between. Variety of brick coped rubble walls to N.

Statement of Interest

Suggested by Brogden as being by J Russell Mackenzie. Quite late compared with the adjacent terraces. French influenced design, notably the oversized towers to the E and W, with steep conical roofs. The decorative round-arched dormers, surviving in all but one house, are particularly fine. The gableted bays, oriel windows and rough-faced granite with contrasting dressings give the terrace added interest to what is otherwise a simple principal elevation.

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