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54-58 Schoolhill, Aberdeen

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Latitude: 57.1479 / 57°8'52"N

Longitude: -2.101 / 2°6'3"W

OS Eastings: 393986

OS Northings: 806342

OS Grid: NJ939063

Mapcode National: GBR SC1.VG

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.PLQP

Plus Code: 9C9V4VXX+5H

Entry Name: 54-58 Schoolhill, Aberdeen

Listing Name: 46-70 (Even Nos) Schoolhill

Listing Date: 26 May 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355792

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20647

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Alexander Marshall Mackenzie (for Matthew and Mackenzie Architects), 1885-6. Substantial 3-storey and attic L-plan block of commercial and residential buildings in the Renaissance style. Comprises 2 distinct designs sympathetically treated to create a well-integrated run. Grey granite ashlar with red Correnie granite dressings.

Nos 46-50: 7-bay corner building with shops to ground; splayed at SE with fluted pilasters to 1st floor, plinthed urns above cornice flank prominent angled pilastered dormer with entabulature, finials, fish-scale slated roof and cast-iron crown. 5 segmental-arch dormers separated by low coped parapet to Schoolhill elevation. 6-bay with 4 dormers to Harriet Street elevation.

Nos 54-70: 8-bay (S elevation) corner building; channelled rustication to ground floor; splayed SW corner with stone mullioned tripartite openings to 1st and 2nd floors; giant pilasters with Ionic style capitals terminate 2nd and 3rd storey bays at S and W elevations. Triangular pedimented gable end at W elelvation with keystoned occulus. Raised blocks above cornice forming castellated effect. 8 setback pedimented tripartite dormers within mansarded roof. 8-bay to W elevation with similar treatment.

Plate-glass timber sash and case windows throughout; grey slate, red granite ashlar ridge and end stacks; clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Interest

Situated on high ground at the top of Schoolhill this block follows the gentle curve of the street. It is a good example of the work of local architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie. The unusual use of contrasting red granite dressings have been introduced to ease the transition from the more traditional grey granite buildings on the right, to the more formal Renaissance style and heavier red granite dressings of the Art Gallery and associated buildings on the left, also by A M Mackenzie (see Art Gallery List Description). The careful handling of Renaissance motifs has resulted in a strong composition which contributes positively to the streetscape. This part of Schoolhill was straightened in the 1880s when the Denburn Viaduct was constructed to line up with the immense Rosemount Viaduct to the W. The area was the educational heart of the city during the later half of the 19th Century.

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