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52a Market Street and 2 Guild Street

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1455 / 57°8'43"N

Longitude: -2.0961 / 2°5'45"W

OS Eastings: 394285

OS Northings: 806073

OS Grid: NJ942060

Mapcode National: GBR SCR.F2

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.SN2J

Entry Name: 52a Market Street and 2 Guild Street

Listing Date: 27 July 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399603

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50952

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Late 19th century. 4-storey and attic 3x3-bay corner tenement building with distinctive polygonal timber attic belvedere to corner bay and near intact openings to public house to ground. Grey granite ashlar. Base course, cill courses, string courses, eaves cornice. Ionic pilasters separate decorative key-stoned segmental-arched openings to ground, some with cast-iron railings. Large central pedimented wallhead dormers to S and E with coped stacks above.

Deep granite canopy over opening to ground at corner. Some canted bay windows to S elevation (Guild Street), those to 2nd storey with decorative parapets.

Predominantly plate glass timber sash and case windows, some replacement to upper storeys, plate glass to ground. Grey slates. Tall, ridged wallhead stack to W.

Statement of Interest

This is a distinctive and well-detailed tenement building which makes a significant contribution to the streetscape. Situated at the junction of 2 major roads, and directly across from the harbour, the domed belvedere is a striking element of the building and is positioned to look directly out over the harbour to the sea. The building is also remarkable for the retention of its original ground floor openings. Photographic evidence may suggest that the building was a Temperance Hotel in the 1920s.

Market Street was laid out in 1840 by Archibald Simpson, who had designed many of the classical buildings in the expanding nineteenth century Aberdeen. With John Smith, he was responsible for much of the essential classical character of Aberdeen city. Aberdeen expanded greatly during the nineteenth century, especially in trade reliant on the Harbour, and this street was built to provide easier access from Union Street to the Harbour. It also cleared a notorious slum area of the city called Putachieside. It took its name from a covered indoor market, designed by Archibald Simpson in 1842, but which subsequently burnt down in 1882. Rebuilt in 1884, the market was replaced by a British Home Stores extension in 1971.

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