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Latitude: 57.1513 / 57°9'4"N
Longitude: -2.1026 / 2°6'9"W
OS Eastings: 393892
OS Northings: 806719
OS Grid: NJ938067
Mapcode National: GBR SBT.MN
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.NJZ2
Entry Name: 230 George Street and 34 John Street
Listing Date: 26 May 1977
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355796
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20649
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Alexander Marshall Mackenzie (for Matthews and Mackenzie Architects) 1883. 3-storey, 4-bay Classical bank occupying prominent corner site. Grey granite ashlar with finely tooled dressings. Base course with channelled rustication; moulded cill courses at ground and 1st floors; prominent moulded cornice; further cornice to garreted 3rd storey above. Advanced corner bay with broad, round-arch doorway to W with giant clasping Ionic columns rising to 2nd storey; cast-iron grill with coat of arms and thistle motif set within arch; stone mullioned bipartite openings above. Channelled pilasters of equal height flank advanced corner bay to S and terminate bays at W and S elevations. Ionic columns flank recessed ground floor openings to W and to S corner bay. Further, recessed timber doorway to far right bay.
Plate glass glazing to timber sash and case windows; glazing bars to upper third at ground floor. Grey slate; shallow pitched roof with corniced ashlar stacks; octagonal clay cans.
This substantial Classical building was designed in 1883 by renowned Aberdeen architect, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie for the 'North of Scotland Bank'. It makes use of strong vertical and horizontal elements to anchor it to its prominent corner site and provides a significant contribution to George Street's lengthy run of commercial and residential property. The fine stonework and assured handling of the Classical style mark this building out as one of particular quality. The majority of Marshall Mackenzies Aberdeen buildings are situated within a fairly compact area towards the N of city centre, with each constructed in a very different style.
No 230 George Street is currently unoccupied (2006).
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