Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 94531 6431
394531, 806431


Earlier 19th century. 3-storey and attic 6-bay Classical tenement building with shops to ground flanking central segmental-arched opening leading to Chapel Court. Grey granite ashlar, rubble to rear. Band course, cill course to 2nd storey, low stepped blocking course. Central archway with pilastered reveals, surmounted with iron urns and with decorative iron gates. Central coped wallhead stack to street elevation (S) with pair of small window openings. Pair of attic dormers. Recessed entrance doors to shops.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows to upper storeys, plate glass to shops. Grey slates. Coped gable stacks.

Statement of Special Interest

This is a good example of a Classical tenement, situated to the NE of the Castle Street area. It makes a significant contribution to the streetscape and adjoins nos 19-23 Castle Street (see separate listing). It is distinguished by its segmental-arched opening which leads into Chapel Court where St Peter's Roman Catholic Church of 1803 is situated (see separate listing). The simple Classical style is typical of granite buildings of this period before sophisticated cutting techniques were developed. This tenement was erected circa 1843, after the previous tenement on the site was pulled down by the then priest of the church, Charles Gordon in 1828 as part of general alterations and extensions required for the expanding St Peter's Church.

Reference from previous list description: Rev Charles Gordon's Minute Book.

Part of B Group with Nos 1-7 Justice Street, Nos 9-23, 31-35, 40-48, 51 and 52 (inclusive nos) Castle Street, and Salvation Army Citadel.



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1866-68). W A Brogden, Aberdeen, An Illustrated Architectural Guide, 1998 p29. Ranald MacInnes, The Aberdeen Guide, 2000 p147. Alisdair Roberts (ed), St Peter's Church 1804-2004, History Booklet, 2004.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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