Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

1-10 (INCLUSIVE NUMBERS) QUEEN'S TERRACE, AT PRINCE ARTHUR STREET, INCLUDING RAILINGS, LAMP STANDARDS, AND BALUSTRADING, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGS ENCLOSING COMMUNAL GARDEN TO SOUTHLB20633

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
26/05/1977
Local Authority
Aberdeen
Planning Authority
Aberdeen
Burgh
Aberdeen
NGR
NJ 92862 5856
Coordinates
392862, 805856

Description

Mackenzie and McMillan, 1877-1879. 2-storey, basement and attic, 3-storey central and terminal pavilions; 21-bay symmetrical palace block comprising 9 2-bay houses and 1 3-bay house (now predominantly in use as offices). Tooled coursed grey granite finely finished to dressings and margins. Long and short v-jointed quoins. Base course; dividing band course; eaves course; eaves blocking course. Granite ashlar steps to entrance platt oversailing basement, flanked by railings; panelled timber doors flanked by glazed panels, letterbox fanlights; recessed aprons to windows.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 21-bay; Nos 5 and 6: 4-bay slightly advanced central pavilion comprising 2 2-bay mirrored houses, doorways to 2 central bays of principal floor, with regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floors above; 3-light canted windows through basement, principal and 1st floors, forming balcony to 2nd floor of flanking bays to left and right, tripartite windows to 2nd floor. Nos 2-4 and Nos 7-9: mirrored 6-bay linking blocks, comprising 2-bay houses to left and right of central pavilion; doorways to inner bays with single windows above, canted windows through basement principal and 1st floors of outer bays; 2 piend-roofed canted dormers to attic floors. No 1: 3-bay terminal pavilion slightly advanced to outer right, doorway to centre of principal floor, regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floors above, regular fenestration to flanking bay to left, 3-light canted window through basement, principal and 1st floor forming balcony to 2nd floor of flanking bay to right, tripartite window to 2nd floor. No 10: 2-bay terminal pavilion slightly advanced to outer left, regular fenestration to bay to right, 3-light canted window through basement, ground and 1st floors forming balcony to 2nd floor of bay to left, tripartite window to 2nd floor.

E ELEVATION: obscured by adjoining Rubislaw Terrace (see separate listing).

N (RUBISLAW TERRACE LANE) ELEVATION: predominantly regular fenestration, variety of additions. Decoratively gabled bay to outer right, with flue advanced from 1st floor, with inset semi-circular panel at 2nd floor.

W (PRINCE ARTHUR STREET) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 6-bay; 3 gabled bays to right, decorative tripartite doorway to left of ground floor, with balustraded balcony on oversized granite brackets above; 2-leaf glazed timber door to No 10, flanked by glazed panels, letterbox fanlights; window to centre bay of ground floor, bay to right blank; regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floors. 2-storey 2-bay block to outer left, regular fenestration to ground and 1st floors, balustraded parapet above.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with lead ridge. Coped stone skews. Coped gablehead and ridge stacks with octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2000.

RAILINGS, LAMP STANDARDS: decorative iron railings enclosing basement to S elevation; regularly placed modern lamp standards.

GARDEN TO S, BALUSTRADING, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGS: rectangular-plan garden to S of Queen's Terrace, low granite walls surmounted by replacement decorative railings enclosing garden to S, E and W; balustraded granite terrace enclosing garden to N, square-plan rough-faced piers with corniced caps to E, W and flanking iron gate to centre.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with 1-26 Rubislaw Terrace (see separate listing). In the 19th century Aberdeen began to expand westwards following the introduction of the granite trade and the expansion of the harbour. The houses which were built at this time were a mixture of villas and terraces, with the terraces near the city centre. Queen's Terrace and the adjoining Rubislaw Terrace are 2 of the grander terraces. Described by Groome as being "superior to anything of their class in the aristocratic quarter of almost any town in Scotland" (Groome, p7). Many of the terraces in this area were designed by Archibald Simpson (see separate listings). In contrast to Simpson's severe terraces, the principal elevation of Queen's Terrace takes the form of a palace block, interrupted up by grand canted windows. The communal garden (seen also at Rubislaw Terrace), separated from the Terrace by a balustraded road, is also particularly fine.

References

Bibliography

Aberdeen City Archives, PLANS FOR QUEEN'S TERRACE, 1877-1879; F H Groome, ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND: A SURVEY OF SCOTTISH TOPOGRAPHY, STATISTICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL, Vol. 1, (1886), p7; A I McConnochie, 50 VIEWS OF THE GRANITE CITY, (c. 1900), p18; 2nd (1901) EDITION OS MAP; W A Brogden, ABERDEEN: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, (2nd Edition: 1998), p124; NMRS Photograph, B48294.

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