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15 Queen's Road, Including Ancillary Structure, Railings, Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1419 / 57°8'30"N

Longitude: -2.1308 / 2°7'50"W

OS Eastings: 392181

OS Northings: 805677

OS Grid: NJ921056

Mapcode National: GBR S6T.JD

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.7RL9

Entry Name: 15 Queen's Road, Including Ancillary Structure, Railings, Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355876

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20715

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Ellis & Wilson, 1880; later additions and alterations. 2-storey, basement and attic, 3-bay villa. Tooled coursed grey granite finely finished to margins at NW elevation; Aberdeen bond granite rubble to remainder. Base course; dividing band course; segmental-arched openings to 1st floor of NW elevation; eaves course; overhanging eaves.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; half-sunken basement enclosed by decorative iron railings; pilastered doorpiece to centre bay of ground floor, stylised acroteria finials; stone steps leading to doorway flanked by iron railings; panelled timber door with letterbox fanlight, flanked by glazed panels; window to centre of 1st floor. Tripartite rectangular-plan windows with windows to left and right returns through basement and ground floors, forming balcony to 1st floor; bipartite windows to 1st floor above.

SW ELEVATION: asymmetrical; central gablet; 2-storey flat-roofed addition to centre, irregular fenestration and doorways to right return; panelled timber door and irregular fenestration to left return; bipartite window to basement floor of flanking bay to left.

SE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; bay to right advanced, 3-light canted window through basement ground and 1st floors with piended roofs; modern porch to re-entrant angle to left, steps leading to glazed porch at ground floor; round-arched window to 1st floor with modern stained glass; bipartite windows to basement, ground and 1st floors. Tripartite rectangular-plan dormer to centre of attic floor.

NE ELEVATION: central gablet; panelled timber door with glazed panels flanking and letterbox fanlight to centre of basement floor, flanked to right by PVCu window; paired windows to centre of ground and 1st floors; stone steps to ascending to right.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Piended grey slate roof with lead ridges. Corniced gablehead stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: some skirting boards, mouldings, architraves, panelled timber doors and cornicing survive. Replacement dog-leg staircase. Decorative cornice to principal room to E of ground floor, panelled window surround; fine timber fire surround with carved sunflower paterae and inset panels to overmantle.

ANCILLARY STRUCTURE: 2-storey, L-plan ancillary structure to S of villa; Aberdeen bond granite rubble, finely finished to margins. Boarded double garage doors to Queen's Lane South, near-regular fenestration; panelled timber door. Mixture of timber sash and case and replacement windows. Grey slate roof with red tiled ridge. Coped gablehead stack with circular can. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan granite ashlar gatepiers to NW (shared with adjacent properties), corniced with shallow pyramidal caps; low coped rough-faced granite walls between; granite and brick coped rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 15 Queen's Road is part of the later 19th 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 Ellis & Wilson, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. Features of particular note at 15 Queen's road, including the railings enclosing the basement floor, pilastered tripartite windows and doorway, segmental-arched windows and the relatively unaltered SE elevation. The fireplace in the E room of the ground floor appears to have originated in 50 Queen's Road, its bold detailing, especially use of sunflower paterae and navel-like motifs are typical of the architecture of J B Pirie and Arthur Clyne. An identical fireplace exists in 50 Queen's Road (see separate listing).

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