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Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen
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Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen

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Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen
Historic Photographs
Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen
Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen in around 1880. This photograph by George Washington Wilson shows the granite splendour of this terrace, which was planned by the architects Thomas Mackenzie and James Matthews, jointly with James Giles, artist.

The houses were to be erected on the property of James Skene of Rubislaw, on the north side of Albyn Place. The Aberdeen Journal of 31st March 1852 describes the plans as thus: "The style of architecture possesses in a high degree the rare merit of combining what is new, at least in Aberdeen, with what is, in point of taste exceedingly beautiful".

The houses have crowstepped gables and plain windows alternating with bow windows which have a balustrade, and had 11-15 rooms.

In 1854, James Matthews actually lived there, and later occupants included a paper manufacturer, a ship owner, and a number of advocates.

Today, many of the houses have been converted into offices for legal firms. Granite balustrades and a garden area separate the terrace from Albyn Terrace.
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