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Latitude: 57.1363 / 57°8'10"N
Longitude: -2.1096 / 2°6'34"W
OS Eastings: 393463
OS Northings: 805043
OS Grid: NJ934050
Mapcode National: GBR S9T.XZ
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.KWMN
Entry Name: 25 Fonthill Terrace, the Kessocks, Including Boundary Wall
Listing Date: 29 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393805
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46479
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Torry/Ferryhill
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
John Rust, City Architect, 1902. 2-storey, attic and basement; 2-bay, villa. Tooled coursed granite ashlar finely finished to margins at NE; coursed granite rubble to remainder. Base course; dividing band course; eaves course; V-jointed long and short quoins; daisy-motifs set in gableheads.
NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; depressed-arched architraved doorway ground floor of bay to left with keystone detail, panelled pilastered timber door, flanked by 2 stained glass panels, dentil moulded timber cornice between door and stained glass fanlight, incorporating "THE KESSOCKS"; decoratively gableted bipartite window to 1st floor above breaking eaves, spherical stone finial to apex. Canted window through ground and 1st floors forming balcony to attic of flanking bay to right; round-arched tripartite window set in decorative Jacobean gable at attic, flanked by channelled rusticated quoins, continuous hoodmould, 3 spherical finials.
NW ELEVATION: symmetrical; gabled; opening to centre of ground and 1st floor.
SW ELEVATION: not seen 1999.
SE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled; window off-centre of right of ground floor, window off-centre to left above; 3-light window set in gablehead above.
Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with lead ridge. Coped stone skews with simple skewputts. Coped granite gablehead stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: not seen 1999.
BOUNDARY WALL: low rough-faced granite flat coped boundary wall to NE of house.
25 Fonthill Terrace was designed for Alexander Macdonald, a restaurateur. John Rust, the architect, was born in 1845. He was apprenticed to J Russell Mackenzie and started his own practice in 1875. In 1892 he became the city architect. The Kessocks suggests the influence of J B Pirie and Arthur Clyne, the architects responsible for some of the boldest late 19th century buildings in Aberdeen, notably in Hamilton Place. The flower roundels in set in the NE gables are almost certainly borrowed from Pirie and Clyne's designs.
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