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Latitude: 56.9641 / 56°57'50"N
Longitude: -2.2102 / 2°12'36"W
OS Eastings: 387316
OS Northings: 785890
OS Grid: NO873858
Mapcode National: GBR XK.2QQF
Mapcode Global: WH9RN.07T3
Entry Name: 23 and 25 Ann Street
Listing Date: 23 March 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 398213
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50241
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside
Traditional County: Kincardineshire
Early 20th century. 2-storey and attic, mirrored pair of 3-bay houses with gated entrance recess and well-detailed interiors. Stugged squared and snecked rubble with droved margins. Base and band courses; billeted cornices to oriel windows. Keystoned depressed-arched doorway. Corbels; stone mullions and chamfered arrises.
W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Centre bay with decorative ironwork gate across arched entrance leading to 3 set-back part-glazed panelled timber doors and fanlights, outer doors and fanlights with multi-pane leaded glazing, and 2 windows at 1st floor. Advanced, gabled outer bays each with tripartite window to ground, canted inner angle corbelled to square at 1st floor with 4-light oriel window, and small horizontal tripartite in gablehead.
E (REAR) ELEVATIONS: symmetrically-fenestrated elevation with doors to centre at ground and wallhead stacks flanked by dormer windows.
No 25 with plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows; No 23 with uPVC glazing. Grey slates. Coped ashlar stacks with cans; ashlar-coped skews with moulded skewputts; cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hopper to NW.
INTERIORS: good decorative schemes in place. Decorative plasterwork cornices; dog-leg stairs with timber balusters; many fine fireplaces with decoratively-tiled cheeks and some with overmantels. 1st floor music room to No 25 with fireplace (not tiles) from No 23. Cooks attic rooms also with cornices and corner fireplaces. Some original picture rails. Service bell box.
Built by local businessman Mr Ramsay for his sisters, one of whom lived at No 25 until 1988. This pair of houses with such fine interior detail, reminiscent of the Edwardianised façade at the Queen's Hotel in Allardice Street, is of further interest due to the historical connection with the Ramsay family who owned Ramsay's Department Store (listed category 'B') at the corner of Market Square and Evan Street.