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13, 13a, 13b, 15, 17 and 19 Forest Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1429 / 57°8'34"N

Longitude: -2.1333 / 2°8'0"W

OS Eastings: 392029

OS Northings: 805789

OS Grid: NJ920057

Mapcode National: GBR S6G.R5

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.6QDJ

Entry Name: 13, 13a, 13b, 15, 17 and 19 Forest Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 15 October 1993

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355852

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20693

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Walker and Duncan, 1899. 2-storey, basement and attic, 4-bay double villa. Tooled pink granite ashlar, finely finished to margins. Rough-faced granite base course; eaves course.

SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; 4-bay comprising 2 2-bay mirrored villas, now subdivided into flats; segmental-arched doorways to centre 2 bays of ground floor reached by stone steps over basement, stop-chamfered reveals and moulded lintels with keystone motifs, pair of replacement panelled timber doors to each doorway, fanlight above; regular fenestration to 1st floor; skylights to attic floor. Curvilinear-gabled bays flanking to outer left and right; 4-light canted window through basement, ground and 1st floors of each, terminating in crenellated parapet forming balcony to attic floor, round-arched window to attic floor centred in gablehead, stone finial to apex of gable.

SE ELEVATION: gabled; windows to centre of ground, 1st and attic floors.

NE ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 4-bay; ground floor not seen (2000); regular fenestration to 1st floor, bipartite windows to outer bays; triangular-canted dormers to centre 2 bays of attic floor with skylights above, bipartite rectangular dormers to outer left and right.

NW ELEVATION: gabled; windows to centre of ground, 1st and attic floors.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows; PVCu windows to 1st floor of villa to right (13 Forest Road). Grey slate roof with terracotta ridge. Coped stone skews with blocked skewputts. Coped gablehead and ridge stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped granite boundary wall to SW surmounted by railings enclosing basement floor; scrolled stone gatepiers to left shared with 21 Forest Road, decoratively scrolled gatepier to right shared with 9 and 11 Forest Road (see separate listing); rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

Forest Road is built on the site of Stocket Forest, hence the appropriate name which was chosen by Sir Alexander Anderson, Lord Provost at the time. 13-19 Forest Road is one of only a few houses in the West End of Aberdeen to be built almost completely from pink granite. Details of particular interest include the bold curvilinear gables with semi-circular windows at attic floor, similar to those employed by Pirie and Clyne at Hamilton Place (see separate listings), also of note are the moulded doorways and canted windows terminating in crenellated parapets.

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