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Latitude: 57.1543 / 57°9'15"N
Longitude: -2.1035 / 2°6'12"W
OS Eastings: 393839
OS Northings: 807047
OS Grid: NJ938070
Mapcode National: GBR SBQ.0B
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.NFKT
Plus Code: 9C9V5V3W+PJ
Entry Name: West Gateway Wing, Comb Works, 16-39 Ivory Court, 38-40 Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen
Listing Name: 38-40 Hutcheon Street
Listing Date: 16 June 1997
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 391137
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44554
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Circa 1830-40 with additions of 1830s. Multiple ranges of industrial and office buildings developed as comb works, and restored in 1970 following fire in 1969. Altered to offices in 1981. Original block L-plan, 3-storey and attic, 11 x 11-bay. Later additions forming courtyard. Plain granite rubble, slate roofs with Velux windows. Curved forestair with cast-iron railings on main front.
Gable elevation with corniced stack to Hutcheon Street with round-headed 1st and 2nd floor windows. Casement windows. Glazed ground floor openings on main return.
LAter additions: E wing with shaped, aedicule gable. Low single storey 'gateway' wings with later (?) dormers and ashlar-coped gables with corniced stacks on returns.
Ball-finialled entrance piers. Ashlar. Slate roofs. Sash and case windows. Setted courtyard.
INTERIOR: panelled 'private office' converted to board room. Interior not seen.
Stewart and Rowell's comb works was for many years the world's largest. In the 1880s, as SR Stewart and Co, the worls had been expanded with 'several large and commodious buildings of four storeys'. 900 hands worked on '100,000 horns per week, together with vast quantities of hoops, tortoiseshell and vulcanite.' In 1937 plastic injection was introduced. A fire in 1969 halved the length of the main range. In 1981 the works was converted to offices and wareousing for the Tyseal Group.
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