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60 Rubislaw Den North, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1445 / 57°8'40"N

Longitude: -2.1414 / 2°8'28"W

OS Eastings: 391544

OS Northings: 805965

OS Grid: NJ915059

Mapcode National: GBR S5B.JY

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.2PL9

Entry Name: 60 Rubislaw Den North, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355955

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20780

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

W & J Smith and William Kelly, 1895-6. 2-storey and attic, 2-bay villa. Tooled coursed granite ashlar to ground floor, Aberdeen bond ashlar to 1st floor of S elevation, finely finished to margins; granite rubble to remainder. Roughly tooled base course; contrasting light grey long and short dressings to 1st floor of S elevation; overhanging eaves.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 3-light canted window to left at ground floor with parapet forming balcony to 1st floor, bipartite window to 1st floor; bipartite window to ground floor of bay to right, with straight hoodmould, single window to 1st floor above; piend-roofed dormer centred to attic floor.

E ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; doorway to centre of ground floor, panelled timber door; window to 1st floor above.

N ELEVATION: not seen 2000.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; bipartite stair window to right, single window to ground floor to left; single storey wing adjoining to outer left.

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

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan granite ashlar gatepiers with pyramidal caps to S, low coped 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. 60 Rubislaw Den North is part of the late 19th 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, such as William Kelly, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. 60 Rubislaw Den North is one of 4 houses on the N side of Rubislaw Den North designed by William Kelly (partly speculatively, although 60 Rubislaw Den North was built for James Ogilvie, upholsterer), the others being 58, 62 and 64 Rubislaw Den North (see separate listings). 62 Rubislaw Den North was Kelly's own house. According to Simpson, Kelly's domestic commissions were carried out to the highest standards. He also notes that "most of them were enriched with Morris wall-papers and furnishings, De Morgan tiles, leaded glass-work and other features designed to have them as artistically satisfying as he [Kelly] could make them" (Simpson, p7).

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