Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

21-59 (ODD NUMBERS) VICTORIA STREET, INCLUDING 53A VICTORIA STREET AND 181 SKENE STREET, INCLUDING BOUNDARY WALLSLB20591

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
12/01/1967
Local Authority
Aberdeen
Planning Authority
Aberdeen
Burgh
Aberdeen
NGR
NJ 93225 5931
Coordinates
393225, 805931

Description

Archibald Simpson, begun circa 1843. 2-storey and attic, 46-bay terrace, comprising a variety of 2-bay, 3-bay and 4-bay houses. Coursed granite rubble, finely finished to margins; No 39 harled with finely finished margins. Base course; pilastered timber doorways, panelled timber doors with variety of fanlights including letterbox, 2-pane, semi-circular glazing bar to letterbox fanlight; projecting cills to ground and 1st floors; panelled aprons to Nos 23, 33 and 35; dividing band course to Nos 43-59; eaves course; predominantly canted piend-roofed dormers.

SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: No 21 and 23: symmetrical; 3-bay; pilastered doorpiece with corniced entablature to centre of ground floor, 2-leaf panelled timber door, windows flanking to left and right; regular fenestration to 1st floor, 2 dormers to attic floor; doorway to No 21 see below. Nos 25, 27, 29, 31, 39, 41, 59: asymmetrical; 2-bay; doorway to right of ground floor, flanked to left by window, single window to bay to left at ground floor; regular fenestration to 1st floor, 2 canted windows to attic floor. Nos 33 and 35: near-symmetrical; 5-bay; window to centre of ground floor, doorway to each flanking bay, windows to bays to outer left and right; regular fenestration to 1st floor, 4 gableted timber tripartite windows to attic floor. No 37: symmetrical; 4-bay doorway to centre of ground floor, flanked to left and right by single windows, window to bays to left and right at ground floor; regular fenestration to 1st floor; modern skylight to centre of attic floor, flanked to left and right by dormer. No 43: asymmetrical; 4-bay, formerly 2 2-bay houses; doorway to penultimate bay to left of ground floor, flanked to left by window, regular fenestration to remaining bays; regular fenestration to 1st floor; 4 dormers to attic floor. Nos 45 and 57: 2-bay; asymmetrical; doorway to left of ground floor flanked to right by window, single window to bay to right of ground floor, regular fenestration to 1st floor; 2 dormers to attic floor. Nos 47, 49 and 51: asymmetrical; 2-bay; doorway to ground floor, flanked by single window; regular fenestration to 1st floor; single or pair of dormers to attic floor. Nos 53 and 53a: asymmetrical; 3-bay; 2 doorways to right of ground floor, flanked by 2 windows to left; regular fenestration to 1st floor; 2 dormers to attic floor. No 55: asymmetrical; 3-bay; doorway to right of ground floor, window to each flanking bay to left; regular fenestration to 1st floor; 2 dormers to attic floor.

SE ELEVATION: gabled; doorway to No 21 to right of ground floor, flanked to left by window, 2 windows above.

NE ELEVATION: variety of door and window openings and additions; canted and rectangular dormers to attic floor.

NW (SKENE STREET) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 3-bay; 2 gabled bays to right; corniced doorway to centre of ground floor, with small round-arched window above, single windows flanking to left and right at ground and 1st floors. Single storey and attic addition to left, small round-arched window to ground floor, piend-roofed window breaking eaves to attic floor; lean-to addition to outer right, boundary wall swept down outer left; small window set in gablehead of left return.

Variety of timber sash and case windows, including some lying-pane windows to Nos 49-59; modern 2-pane windows with top hoppers to ground floor of No 29. Graded grey slate roof with lead ridge. Stone skews with blocked skewputts. Coped gablehead and ridge stacks with circular and octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low granite wall to SW; coped rubble wall to Skene Street.

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, 18-28 Victoria Street and 2, 6, 10 and 16 Waverley Place and 30-56 Victoria Street (see separate listings). Victoria Street was laid out by Archibald Simpson for James Skene of Rubislaw, as part of the feuing plan for the Rubislaw Estate. It is noted by Chapman and Riley as being an area "where buildings present features of special charm" (p149). The street design is unusual, in that there are 2-storey buildings on the E side and single storey and attic buildings on the W, this idea is repeated at Albert Street (see separate listings). The terraces are of simple traditional design, comprising rubble walls with finely finished dressings and canted dormers. Ferryhill Place also includes houses of similar design (see separate listings). The consistency of detail at Nos 21-59 Victoria Street unites the design, allowing a variety of window and door combinations.

References

Bibliography

ABERDEEN JOURNAL, 11 November 1835; Aberdeen City Archives, FEUING PLAN FOR PART OF THE LANDS OF RUBISLAW, (1849); 1st (1864-7) and 2nd (1901) EDITION OS MAPS; Post Office Directory, PLAN OF THE CITY OF ABERDEEN, (1880); G M Fraser, "Archibald Simpson, Architect and His Times", ABERDEEN WEEKLY JOURNAL, 14 June 1918; W D Chapman & C F Riley, GRANITE CITY: A PLAN FOR ABERDEEN, (1952), p149, plate 19; C Graham, ARCHIBALD SIMPSON, ARCHITECT OF ABERDEEN 1790-1847, (1990), p41; W A Brogden, ABERDEEN: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, (2nd Edition: 1998), p122-123.

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