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119-125 (Odd Nos) George Street

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1498 / 57°8'59"N

Longitude: -2.1015 / 2°6'5"W

OS Eastings: 393955

OS Northings: 806548

OS Grid: NJ939065

Mapcode National: GBR SBY.YR

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.PKG8

Entry Name: 119-125 (Odd Nos) George Street

Listing Date: 27 July 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399596

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50946

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Brown and Watt, 1899. Symmetrical 4-storey and attic, 5-bay commercial and residential building with distinctive wallhead stack and and flanking crow-step gables at attic level. Tripartite openings to upper floors with shops to ground. Grey granite ashlar to principal (E) elevation; squared and coursed rubble elsewhere.

E ELEVATION: Banded coursing at 1st floor and moulded eaves course. Ground floor pilasters rising to projecting pedimented and consoled stops between ground and 1st floor linking shopfront fascias. Shallow canted window bays at 1st and 2nd floors with narrow side-lights and balustraded balconeys above. Shallow, corbelled-out pilasters at 3rd floor. Pair of tall square wallhead stacks to centre bay with round-arched linking section; flanked by substantial shouldered crowstepped gables at outer bays; recessed round-arched openings with oculi above and square capped finials to apices. Dormer windows to 2nd and 4th bays set within slated mansarded roof.

Predominantly timber sash and case windows with astragalled upper part. Some non-traditional replacement glazing throughout principal elevation although original glazing pattern prevails. Grey slate. Broad gable stacks to N and S elevations. Clay cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Interest

Nos 119-125 George Street is a good example of later 19th century commercial building in this part of Aberdeen. The confident massing and elaborate detail, especially at attic level, adds considerably to the character of this now pedestrianised section of George Street. The building is characteristic of the work its architect, George Watt. His prolific output within Aberdeen is predominantly residential and commercial interspersed with a number of high profile commissions such as the Aberdeen Central Library (1892) and the Beechgrove Free Church (1897). The style of Nos 119-125 is influenced by Watt['s previous experience working on commercial buildings in Glasgow. Built as the headquaters of A B Hutchison, one of the larger bakery companies in Aberdeen, the building retains its original arrangement of shopfronts at ground floor level.

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