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46 Rubislaw Den North, the Red House, Including Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1447 / 57°8'40"N

Longitude: -2.1395 / 2°8'22"W

OS Eastings: 391659

OS Northings: 805987

OS Grid: NJ916059

Mapcode National: GBR S5L.FQ

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.3PH5

Entry Name: 46 Rubislaw Den North, the Red House, Including Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355952

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20777

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

R Leslie Roll and D Poulson Hall, 1936-38. 2-storey, 3-bay villa. Rough-faced pink granite finely finished to margins. Rubble base course; overhanging eaves; shallow catslide roofs to 1st floor windows.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; tripartite windows to ground and 1st floors of centre bay; 6-light rectangular-plan window advanced to ground floor of bay to left, glazed door to right return, tripartite window to 1st floor above; gabled bay to right, 6-light shallow bowed window to ground floor of bay to right, tripartite window to 1st floor above, half-timbered gablehead.

E ELEVATION: gabled, roof swept down to ground floor at right; stone steps with retaining wall advanced at ground floor; broad shallow piend-roofed porch advanced to ground floor, inward canted doorway in deeply chamfered segmental arch, 2-leaf boarded timber door flanked by glazed panels, window flanking to left, chamfered outer left angle with small window to centre, window centred to 1st floor.

N AND W ELEVATIONS: not seen 2000.

Predominantly timber casement windows with top hoppers and rectangular leaded detail. Piended rosemary slate roof with terracotta ridges, swept down to N. Wallhead, gablehead and ridge stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

BOUNDARY WALLS: cyclopean granite wall to S.

Statement of Interest

From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 46 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. The principal rooms are on the S facing side, with a spinal corridor to the N.

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