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20 Rubislaw Den South, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.143 / 57°8'34"N

Longitude: -2.1372 / 2°8'13"W

OS Eastings: 391797

OS Northings: 805793

OS Grid: NJ917057

Mapcode National: GBR S5X.HY

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.4QKH

Entry Name: 20 Rubislaw Den South, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355982

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20801

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Robert Gordon Wilson, 1900. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay villa. Tooled coursed grey granites, with contrasting light grey long and short dressings, finely finished to margins of S elevation; granite rubble to remainder. Base course; dividing string course; overhanging eaves; timber bargeboards.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; chamfered doorway reached by stone steps to centre bay at ground floor, 2-leaf panelled timber door, with 3-pane fanlight, window to centre of 1st floor above; tripartite windows to ground and 1st floors of flanking bay to right, piend-roofed tripartite dormer to attic floor. Gabled bay slightly advanced to bay to left, 5-light canted window to centre of ground floor, parapet forming balcony to 1st floor, tripartite window to 1st floor; tripartite window set in half-timbered gablehead.

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled bay to left, irregular fenestration to remainder.

N ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 2-storey gabled wing adjoining to left.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled to right, single window to right of ground floor.

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

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

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

Statement of Interest

B-Group with 18 and 22 Rubislaw Den South (see separate listings). From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 20 Rubislaw Den South is part of the later 19th/early 20th century development W of Queen's Cross. Rubislaw Den South 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 Robert Gordon Wilson, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. Near identical to the adjacent 18 and 22 Rubislaw Den South (see separate listings), also by Robert Gordon Wilson.

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