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26 Rubislaw Den North, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1448 / 57°8'41"N

Longitude: -2.1385 / 2°8'18"W

OS Eastings: 391718

OS Northings: 806001

OS Grid: NJ917060

Mapcode National: GBR S5Q.R6

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.3PY2

Entry Name: 26 Rubislaw Den North, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355951

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20776

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

George Sutherland and Clement George, 1927. 2-storey, 3-bay villa. Tooled coursed grey granite ashlar, with contrasting pink granite long and short dressings finely finished to margins. Moulded projecting cills to 1st floor; eaves course; overhanging eaves.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; round-arched deeply chamfered doorway to centre of ground floor, tiled round steps; panelled timber door flanked by glazed panels; bipartite window to 1st floor above; 5-light canted window with stylised crenellated parapets to ground floor of bays to left and right, tripartite windows to 1st floor above.

E ELEVATION: predominantly blank.

N ELEVATION: not seen 2000.

W ELEVATION: window to right of 1st floor.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Piended green-grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped wallhead stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan gatepiers with shallow pyramidal caps to S, low rough-faced coped granite walls between; rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 26 Rubislaw Den North is part of the late 19th/early 20th century development W of Queen's Cross. Rubislaw Den North runs almost parallel to Queen's Road (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 Skene 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. 26 Rubislaw Den North was built for Ranald Esslemont, Manufacturer (of Esslemont and Macintosh), who was also a client of A Marshall Mackenzie. The villa is simply detailed, with the deeply chamfered doorway similar to those at 11 and 15 Rubislaw Den North (see separate listings), which were also by Clement George.

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