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19 and 21 Queen's Road, Ballater Masonic Lodge Including Boundary Wall, Gate and Lantern

A Category C Listed Building in Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0491 / 57°2'56"N

Longitude: -3.0459 / 3°2'45"W

OS Eastings: 336646

OS Northings: 795827

OS Grid: NO366958

Mapcode National: GBR WF.9XDH

Mapcode Global: WH7NL.52VW

Entry Name: 19 and 21 Queen's Road, Ballater Masonic Lodge Including Boundary Wall, Gate and Lantern

Listing Date: 14 November 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399164

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50649

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ballater

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Ballater

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

William Duguid and Son (Ballater), builders. 1896 (dated). Single storey and attic irregular plan purpose built Masonic Lodge with advanced 2-bay central gable to N (street elevation) and distinctive tall gabled tower with ball finial detailing in re-entrant angle to left and 2-bay single storey and attic 20th century extension to right. Particularly distinguished internally by decorated octagonal vault-room, added in 1930s. Pink and grey granite with Aberdeen bonding at N, coursed rubble at S. Situated within own grounds, next to Victoria Barracks (see separate listing). Gabled dormers breaking wallhead.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: central 2-bay gable flanked by 4-panel timber entrance doors, with narrow timber pilaster jambs and narrow rectangular fanlight above, that to left with datestone above.

Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slate. Gable stacks.

INTERIOR: original Masonic rooms essentially unchanged. Finely decorated and notable octagonal Royal Arch vault added in 1930s, reached by timber spiral staircase. Hand painted figures and symbolic signs on each surface. (see Notes) Timber lined staircase with timber treads. 4-panel timber doors. Some simple iron chimney-pieces.

BOUNDARY WALL: low granite rubble to N with rectangular coping. Iron railing gate with iron support to lantern above. Rubble granite wall to S, E and W with rubble coping.

Statement of Interest

Ballater Masonic Lodge is a distinctive building with its fine detail apparent in the unusual 2-stage tower. It proves an unusual aspect in the streetscape within surrounding Victorian villas and sitting next to the Victoria Baracks (see separate listing) It is particularly distinguished by the finely decorated Royal Arch Chapter vault which is, with the exception of Aberdeen, the only vault of its kind in the North-East. The paintings within the vault were completed after WWII, in 1948, by a Mr Davidson, from designs by John Maitland. They represent scenes from the Masonic stories of the Royal Arch.

This building replaced the earlier Masonic Lodge of Ballater which had been in Church Square.

William Duguid and Sons were local builders who also built the Albert Memorial and Victoria Halls (see separate listing) and other local houses.

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