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Justice Mill Lane and Holburn Street, Ventilator

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.142 / 57°8'31"N

Longitude: -2.1122 / 2°6'44"W

OS Eastings: 393306

OS Northings: 805688

OS Grid: NJ933056

Mapcode National: GBR S9G.CR

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.JRD6

Entry Name: Justice Mill Lane and Holburn Street, Ventilator

Listing Date: 1 October 1998

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 392623

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45663

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Circa 1905. Cast-iron ventilator in tower form with decorative Art Nouveau detailing, sited on traffic island at head of Justice Mill Lane, at junction with Holburn Street. Later concrete base with splayed corners supporting cylindrical shaft adorned with stylised foliage at base, and rising with reeded moulding in 4 places (suggesting plant stalks) and terminating in frieze of stylised flowers, crowned with arcaded ventilator head further adorned with stylised foliage and terminated by polygonal, finialled cap.

Statement of Interest

The ventilator marks the end of the remarkable cable subway running from here, under Crown Street, to the former Electricity Works and Tram Car Depot in Millburn and Crown Streets (see separate listing), to which it provided necessary ventilation. The Art Nouveau style employed for the fine Paris Metro station entrances (designed by Hector Guimard), perhaps inspired its use to demark this underground subway, similarly linked to transport.

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