Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 93142 5837
393142, 805837


Archibald Simpson, 1835, built by Mackenzie and Matthews from 1849. 2-storey and attic, 15-bay terrace comprising 6 2-bay houses and 1 3-bay house split into 2, now primarily in office use. Finely finished granite ashlar to principal elevation, lightly tooled granite to N and S Elevations; granite rubble to E Elevation. Base course; eaves blocking course. Panelled aprons to ground floor; projecting cills to 1st floors; gableted tripartite rectangular dormers to attic floor; pilastered panelled timber doors with letterbox fanlights.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: Nos 1-6 Rubislaw Place: 6 2-bay houses, doorway to left of ground floor, window above, regular fenestration to flanking bay to right; single dormer flanked to left by skylight to Nos 1 and 3; large 8-light modern rectangular dormer to No 2, pair of dormers to Nos 4-6, modern rectangular dormer to centre of No 4. 3-bay block (right return of Nos 21 and 23 Waverley Place) to outer left, regular fenestration; pair of dormers to attic floor, with bipartite piend-roofed dormer to centre.

S ELEVATION: gabled; flat roofed addition to ground floor.

E ELEVATION: near regular fenestration; variety of single storey and 2-storey additions; piended and rectangular dormers and skylights to attic floor; panelled timber door with 2-pane fanlight reached by flight to steps to centre of 3-bay houses to right (No 23 Waverley Place).

N (WAVERLEY PLACE) ELEVATION: gabled; symmetrical; doorway to centre, corniced with consoles, windows flanking to left and right, window to right blind; small single-pane window to centre of 1st floor flanked to left and right by single windows; round-arched niche set in gablehead.

Predominantly 2-pane, 4-pane and 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with lead ridge. Coped stone skews with blocked skewputts. Coped gablehead and ridge stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods, some to principal elevation set in vertical fillet.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: 2 square-plan gatepiers to NE adjoining N elevation, with pyramidal caps, coped rubble wall adjoining to E. Low granite wall to NW and W.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with 1-23 Albert Street, 2-18 Albert Street, 1-34 Albert Terrace and 1 Prince Arthur Street, 2-16 Albyn Place, 31-55 Carden Place and 2 and 4 Prince Arthur Street, 1-6 Rubislaw Place and 21 and 23 Waverley Place, 7-11 Victoria Street, 17 Victoria Street, 19 Victoria Street, 21-59 Victoria Street and 181 Skene Street, 18-28 Victoria Street and 2, 6, 10 and 16 Waverley Place and 30-56 Victoria Street (see separate listings). Rubislaw Place is a larger version of the 19th century cottage terraces of Aberdeen. The attics, usually lit by canted dormers, are here lit by larger rectangular tripartite dormers. Rubislaw Place, despite the larger dormers, is otherwise a simply detailed elegant terrace typical of Archibald Simpson's work in this area of Aberdeen.



1st (1864-7) and 2nd (1901) EDITION OS MAPS; ABERDEEN JOURNAL, 11 November 1835; Aberdeen City Archives, FEUING PLAN FOR PART OF THE LANDS OF RUBISLAW, (1849); C Graham, ARCHIBALD SIMPSON: ARCHITECT OF ABERDEEN 1790-1847, (1990), p41.

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