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Latitude: 57.1453 / 57°8'42"N
Longitude: -2.1278 / 2°7'40"W
OS Eastings: 392362
OS Northings: 806048
OS Grid: NJ923060
Mapcode National: GBR S77.DV
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.8NZQ
Entry Name: 44 and 46 Fountainhall Road at Desswood Place, Including Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 6 December 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394798
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47479
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
George Coutts, 1884-1887. 2-storey, 4-bay pair of 2-bay semi-detached villas. Tooled coursed granite ashlar with finely finished dressings to SW elevation; Aberdeen bond granite rubble to remainder. Projecting cills; doorways corniced with consoles; pilastered panelled timber doors with letter-box fanlights; dividing band course; 1st floor cill course; eaves course.
SW (FOUNTAINHALL ROAD) ELEVATION: No 44 (to right): asymmetrical; doorway to bay to left of ground floor, single window to 1st floor above; 3-light bowed window through ground and 1st floors of flanking bay to right with half-domed roof, fishscale slates and decorative iron brattishing, curvilinear gable breaks eaves, surmounted by triangular pediment. No 46: asymmetrical; single window to ground and 1st floors of bay to left; 3-light bowed window through ground and 1st floors of flanking bay to right with half-domed roof, fishscale slates and decorative iron brattishing, curvilinear gable breaks eaves, surmounted by broken segmental-arched pediment; circular-plan tower to outer left angle, doorway to centre of round floor, 2 narrow window to 1st floor above, domed roof, fishscale slate, iron finial to apex.
SE ELEVATION: gabled.
NE ELEVATION: not seen 2000.
NW ELEVATION: asymmetrical; gabled; stair window between ground and 1st floors off-centre to right; 3-bay addition advanced to left, irregular fenestration to ground floor, 2 window breaking eaves to left of 1st floor, gabled bay to right, panelled timber door with letterbox fanlight to ground floor of right return, window above.
Modern glazing to No 44; 2-pane timber sash and case windows to No 46. Grey slate roof with lead ridge. Coped stone skews. Corniced gablehead and ridge stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.
INTERIORS: not seen 2000.
BOUNDARY WALLS: low granite boundary wall to W, surmounted by railings; coped rubble walls to N.
Little is known about George Coutts of Aberdeen. Coutts was responsible for the design of Fountainhall Road, including Nos 44 and 46, which are more unusual in design then the other buildings. They were designed for the Saint Swithin Street Building Association. Particularly noteworthy are the domed fishscale roofs of the turrets and bowed windows, and the contrast between the broken segmental pediment and triangular pediments to the W.
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