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Latitude: 57.1413 / 57°8'28"N
Longitude: -2.1372 / 2°8'13"W
OS Eastings: 391794
OS Northings: 805610
OS Grid: NJ917056
Mapcode National: GBR S5X.JJ
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.4RKR
Entry Name: 66 and 68 Queen's Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 17 June 1992
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355917
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20746
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
John Rust, 1899. 2-storey and attic, 6-bay double villa. Rough-faced coursed granite finely finished to margins of principal elevation; coursed granite rubble to remainder. Base course; panelled aprons to ground floor; dividing band course; eaves course; overhanging eaves with dentil moulded cornice, decorative bargeboards.
SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; bipartite windows to centre 2 bays at ground and 1st floors, skylight to left of attic floor; gabled bays advanced to left and right, 3-light canted windows to ground floor forming balcony to 1st floor, tripartite windows to 1st floor, bipartite windows set in gableheads at attic floor, iron finials to apexes; open porches to outer re-entrant angles, supported on Tuscan columns, panelled timber doors to ground floor of recessed outer bays, glazed panels to 66 Queen's Road, letterbox fanlights, single window to 1st floor of each.
NE ELEVATION: gabled; window to left of ground floor.
NW ELEVATION: not seen 2000.
SW ELEVATION: gabled.
Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows, square-pane leaded and stained glass upper sashes to SE elevation. Grey slate roof with metal ridges. Coped gablehead, wallhead and ridge stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIORS: not seen 2000.
GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan gatepiers to SE (shared with adjacent properties), with low coped rough-faced granite wall between; granite and brick coped rubble walls to remainder.
From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 66 and 68 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 John Rust, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. Features of note at 66 and 68 Queen's Road include the decorative bargeboards, finials and porches. Also of interest is the survival of the square-pane leaded glass on the windows of the principal elevation, which can also be seen at the adjacent properties of 60, 62 and 64 Queen's Road (see separate listings), also by Rust.
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