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90 Queen's Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1406 / 57°8'26"N

Longitude: -2.1409 / 2°8'27"W

OS Eastings: 391573

OS Northings: 805526

OS Grid: NJ915055

Mapcode National: GBR S5D.R4

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.2STB

Entry Name: 90 Queen's Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 26 May 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355780

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20637

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

George Coutts, circa 1905. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay villa with gothic with half-timbered detailing. Rough-faced coursed grey granite, finely finished to margins of SE elevation; Aberdeen bond granite rubble to remainder. Dividing string courses; mock half-timber gables with dentil cornices below; timber bargeboards.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled bay to left, broad 6-light bay window to ground floor flanked by 2 stone brackets supporting stepped forward 1st floor, quadripartite window to centre, tripartite window set in gablehead. Gabled central bay, buttress to centre of ground floor, flanked to left and right by bipartite pointed-arched windows with lunette over and pointed-arched hoodmould, metal grill below each; quadripartite window to 1st floor, tripartite window set in gablehead; gabled quadripartite window to attic floor between gables. Gabled porch to re-entrant angle to right, pointed-arched doorway with decoratively moulded reveals, stone steps lead to 2-leaf panelled timber door; recessed 1st floor, bipartite window to centre, deeply chamfered outer right angle with window to centre, corbelled out crenellated parapet, gableted dormer to attic floor.

NE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled; tripartite window with relieving arch to left of ground floor, stained glass bipartite window above, doorway to right of ground floor, flanked to left and right by small windows, variety of windows above. Wing adjoining to right.

NW ELEVATION: wing advanced to left; remainder not seen 2000.

SW ELEVATION: gabled.

Predominantly timber casement windows with leaded and stained glass upper panes. Corniced and coped gablehead, wallhead and ridge stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: rough-faced granite square-plan gatepiers, with low stugged granite wall between; brick and granite coped rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 90 Queen's Road is part of the later 19th century/early 20th century development W of Queen's Cross. Queen's Road is on the site of Skene Road, which was originally surrounded by the estate of Rubislaw. In 1877 Rubislaw Estate was bought by the City of Aberdeen Land Association, who re-aligned the road and sold off the estate in smaller plots. Streets became wider and villas with substantial gardens often replaced terraces. Prestigious architects, such as George Coutts, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. According to the plans, Coutts built 90 Queen's Road and the adjacent 88 and 92 Queen's Road (see separate listings) for himself, suggesting he was building speculatively. 90 Queen's Road is of particularly unusual design, with fine gothic and half-timbered detailing detailing.

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