Listed Building

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31, 33, 35 CASTLE STREET AND 2 SEAFIELD STREET, TOWN HALLLB21941

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
22/02/1972
Supplementary Information Updated
15/03/1995
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Burgh
Banff
NGR
NJ 68838 64205
Coordinates
368838, 864205

Description

Thomas Mackenzie, Elgin, l851-4. Italianate, tall 2-storey, symmetrical 5-bay building to Castle Street with wide return bay

and lower, narrower 2-storey, 3-bay wing to Seafield Street. Dark whinstone with constrasting polished sandstone ashlar dressings and margins.

SEAFIELD STREET FRONTAGE: ground floor with centre door and flanking 3-bay shops; shop windows of original size with pilastered jambs to centre doors and flanking windows. Centre Roman doric pilastered and columned doorpiece with double-leaf panelled door. Tall lst floor with 5 long pedimented and pilastered windows with unusual queen-head capitals; each window fronted by balustered aprons linked by deep corniced bandcourse; horizontal glazing to 12-pane timber sash and case

glazing; plate glass in shop windows. Modillioned eaves; rusticated quoins; paired gable wallhead corniced stacks, each paired linked by 3-arched arcade.

Hall linked at S with No 29 Castle Street by tall round-headed arch with balustraded cornice.

SEAFIELD STREET: return bay of hall lits in ground floor by 3 windows with 8-pane glazing and by large lst floor Corinthian pilastered tripartite with shell motif over centre light; horizontal glazing.

2 SEAFIELD STREET: slightly set back 2-storey, 3-bay wing to Town Hall. Materials as hall; centre entrance with plain panelled double-leaf door, 3 long panelled aproned lst floor windows; timber sash and case glazing as return gable of Town Hall with 2 lower panes blocked, horizontal 12-pane in lst floor windows. Quoins, long and short detailing to windows; wallhead cornice; rear wallhead corniced stack; piended slate roof.

INTERIOR: Doric columned screened entrance hall (4 columns) leading to wide imperial staircase with painted ashlar balustered balustrade. lst floor hall takes up entire 5-bay frontage; coffered ceiling supported by 6 pairs draped female figures, each figure clasping laurel wreath; corniced and canopied pilastered doorpiece; large N pilastered tripartite with composite capitals and egg and dart detailing. Later (?1930s) heavy polished red granite chimneypiece.

2 smaller lst floor rooms each with plain grey marble chimneypiece.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as St Andrew's Lodge of Masons hall.

References

Bibliography

ABERDEEN JOURNAL, Sept 10, 1851. BUILDER, Nov 18, 1854. Banff Preservation Society, ROYAL AND ANCIENT BANFF (1975). Charles McKean, BANFF AND BUCHAN, AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (l990), pp 24-5.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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