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Latitude: 57.1411 / 57°8'27"N
Longitude: -2.1385 / 2°8'18"W
OS Eastings: 391715
OS Northings: 805581
OS Grid: NJ917055
Mapcode National: GBR S5Q.SK
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.3RXY
Entry Name: 78 Queen's Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 17 June 1992
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355918
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20747
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Circa 1900. 2-storey, 3-bay villa. Tooled coursed grey granite ashlar, finely finished to margins of SE elevation; Aberdeen bond granite rubble to remainder. Base course; dividing band course; 1st floor cill course; segmental-arched windows to 1st floor; eaves course; overhanging eaves on paired brackets.
SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; corniced doorway to centre bay of ground floor, stone steps to 2-leaf panelled timber door with letterbox fanlight; single window to centre of 1st floor above; 3-light canted windows to bays to left and right of ground floor parapets forming balconies to 1st floor, bipartite windows to 1st floor with pilastered mullions.
NE ELEVATION: central gablet; window to centre of 1st floor, bipartite window flanking to right; single storey and attic wing adjoining to outer right.
NW ELEVATION: single storey and attic wing advanced to left, segmental-arched etched stair window to centre bay of 1st floor; remainder not seen 2000.
SW ELEVATION: blank; central gablet.
Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Piended grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped wallhead stacks with square-plan cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: staircase survives; remainder not seen 2000.
GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan gatepiers to SE (shared with adjacent properties), low coped wall between; brick and granite coped rubble walls to remainder.
From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 78 Queen's Road is part of the later 19th century/early 20th 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, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. Particularly noteworthy at 78 Queen's Road are the segmental-arched first floor windows, with elegant pilastered mullions.
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