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62 and 62a Rubislaw Den South, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1425 / 57°8'32"N

Longitude: -2.1437 / 2°8'37"W

OS Eastings: 391403

OS Northings: 805739

OS Grid: NJ914057

Mapcode National: GBR S50.J2

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.1QGW

Entry Name: 62 and 62a Rubislaw Den South, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 17 June 1992

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 355999

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20818

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, 1901. 2-storey and attic, 2-bay villa. Rough-faced coursed pink granite ground floor; Aberdeen bond to remainder; finely finished margins. Base course; chamfered cills to ground floor; dividing band course; projecting cills on stone brackets to 1st floor; decorative hung terracotta tiles to gables; terracotta finials to gable apexes; overhanging eaves with timber bargeboards.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; rectangular-plan 4-light piend-roofed window to ground floor of bay to left, decorative polygonal stonework panels flanking with timber overlay; gableted window breaking eaves to 1st floor. Gabled bay stepped forward to right, tripartite window to ground floor, bipartite window to 1st floor.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 5-bay; flat-roofed bay advanced to centre at ground floor, bipartite window to centre, segmental-arched doorway with chamfered reveals to left return, panelled timber door flanked by glazed panels, balcony between ground and 1st floors, supported to left by open porch, window to ground floor of bay to left, pair of gableted windows breaking eaves to 1st floor. Gabled bay advanced to right, near-regular fenestration to ground and 1st floors; solar panels to left return of roof. Substantial late 20th century addition to outer right.

N ELEVATION: predominantly obscured by late 20th century addition.

W ELEVATION: M-gabled, terracotta dragon finial to apex of gable to right.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Rosemary tiled roof with pierced terracotta ridges; square-plan lantern with terracotta bird finial. Coped ridge stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan pink granite gatepiers to S with low walls between; remaining boundary walls not seen 2000.

Statement of Interest

From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 62 and 62A Rubislaw Den South is part of the late 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 R G Wilson (1844-1931), were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. 62 Rubislaw Den South is one of the most unusual villas on the street. Wilson's use of hung terracotta tiles, elaborate finials and finely detailed timberwork is of particular note.

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