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66 Forest Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1462 / 57°8'46"N

Longitude: -2.1365 / 2°8'11"W

OS Eastings: 391836

OS Northings: 806155

OS Grid: NJ918061

Mapcode National: GBR S60.BT

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.4NV0

Entry Name: 66 Forest Road, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 5 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395321

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47926

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Brown and Watt, 1900. 2-storey and attic, 2-bay villa. Tooled coursed grey granite finely finished to margins of E elevation; rubble to remainder. Rough-faced base course; 1st floor cill course; overhanging eaves.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; doorway to ground floor of bay to right, curvilinear carved lintel with keystone above, panelled timber door with fanlight above, 2 small stained glass windows flanking to left and right, single window with bowed cill to 1st floor; 4-light canted window through ground and 1st floors of bay to left, parapet breaking eaves.

N ELEVATION: gabled; window to centre; wing adjoining to right.

W ELEVATION: not seen 2000.

S ELEVATION: symmetrical; gabled; openings to centre of ground and 1st floors.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with lead ridge. Corniced gablehead stacks with circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods with decorative top hoppers.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: scrolled granite gatepiers to E, low coped wall between surmounted by railings; rubble walls to remainder.

Statement of Interest

Forest Road is built on the site of Stocket Forest, hence the appropriate name which was chosen by Sir Alexander Anderson, Lord Provost at the time. From the beginning of the 19th century Aberdeen rapidly expanded westwards from Union Street. 66 Forest Road is part of the later 19th/early 20th century development W of Queen's Cross. Stocket Forest was originally part of the estate of Rubislaw. In 1877 Rubislaw Estate was bought by the City of Aberdeen Land Association, who re-aligned Skene Road (which was renamed Queen's Road) and sold off the estate in smaller plots. Streets became wider and villas with substantial gardens often replaced terraces. Prestigious architects, such as Brown and Watt, were often employed to produce bold and unusual designs to reflect the wealth and individuality of the clients. Although simple in design, 66 Forest Road has detailing such as the curvilinear carved lintel, bowed cills and stained glass which are characteristic of the architecture of Brown and Watt. The scrolled gatepiers are also of note.

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