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35 and 36 Albyn Place, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1427 / 57°8'33"N

Longitude: -2.1238 / 2°7'25"W

OS Eastings: 392603

OS Northings: 805764

OS Grid: NJ926057

Mapcode National: GBR S7T.D6

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.BQWP

Entry Name: 35 and 36 Albyn Place, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 5 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395313

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47914

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Mid 19th century. 2-storey, 4-bay double villa with Italianate detailing. Tooled coursed granite ashlar finely finished to margins. Battered base course; rusticated long and short quoins; dividing band course; eaves course; overhanging eaves supported on decorative timber brackets.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; recessed central bays; 3-arched open loggia to ground floor, with 2 2-leaf panelled timber doors set back, glazed upper panels and letterbox fanlights; 2 bipartite windows to 1st floor above. Bays to left and right advanced, shallow rectangular-plan windows to ground floor, tripartite round-arched pilastered window to each bay with piended slate roof; tripartite windows to 1st floor above; inside returns blank.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical; wing advanced to right, 2 windows to ground floor of left return, bipartite window to 1st floor, single window to ground and 1st floors of right return; flanking bay to left blank.

S ELEVATION: 4-bay; symmetrical; regularly placed narrow windows to ground and 1st floor of centre 2 bays, sheet-glass rectangular dormers to attic floor; bays to left and right advanced, 3 windows set in bowed bay to ground and 1st floors of each, 3-light canted dormer windows to attic floor above.

E ELEVATION: single window to centre of 1st floor.

Variety of timber sash and case windows, some lying-pane. Piended grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped wallhead stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: square-plan gatepiers with pyramidal caps to N. Low granite kerb wall to N; brick and granite coped rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

Albyn Place was originally built on the lands of Rubislaw, owned by James Skene. Skene lived in Albyn Place in Edinburgh (hence the same name in Aberdeen), and commissioned Archibald Elliot to prepare a scheme for Aberdeen based on the New Town in Edinburgh. Albyn Place was the only part of Elliot's scheme to be executed, the remainder being remodelled by Archibald Simpson just over a decade later, and again in the 1840s. 35 and 36 Albyn Place is one of the more unusual villas on Albyn Place. The Italianate detailing is of particular interest, notably the round-arched tripartite windows, loggia porch, and overhanging eaves on decorative brackets. In commercial use (2000).

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