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New Inn 1755 ~1839 (Anderson's Hotel)

Archibald Campbell's House stood on the site now occupied by the premises of the North of Scotland Banking Company, - and was a well known place of festive entertainment, in the City of Bon Accord, a 100 years ago. It was in that house, subsequently known as "The New Inn,'* about, or soon after, midnight of 26th December, 1768, - at which season, in consequence of the 20th December being held, in that part of Scotland, as one of the half-yearly money terms, many gentlemen from the country districts visit Aberdeen, - that, in the progress of a convivial meeting, a quarrel arose between John Leith of Leithhall, and James Abernethy of Mayen on Deveronside; which, from  its fatal termination, attracted at the time considerable public attention and was commemorated in a Ballad still remembered in some parts of the country. The origin of the dispute seems to have been forgotten; but the party then assembled had evidently entertained no apprehension of its terminating disastrously, as, on the two disputants leaving the room, the only remark which seemed to have been made was by one of the gentlemen still remaining in the apartment, who casually observed that "Leith would take care to keep out of harms' way." In a short time, the sound of fire-arms out of doors having been heard, the portion of the company that had remained at table rushed out in order to ascertain the cause, when Leith was found lying on the Plainstones, nearly opposite to Archibald Campbell's House, wounded, (and, as it soon proved, mortally), by a pistol bullet in his forehead. The unhappy gentleman died on the 3rd day thereafter. His adversary, reported to have been slightly wounded on the thigh, evaded justice by immediate flight to the Continent.  It is said that one of the balls fired on the occasion was to be seen, for many years, sticking in a neighbouring lamp post. - (The Book of Bon-Accord, 1889, p. 156). In the Scots Magazine for 1768 is chronicled the death, at Aberdeen, on 26th December, 1768, of John Leith of Leith-hall, Esq.  In reference to that occurrence, the Editor of the Black Kalendar of Aberdeen (Edition 1840, p. 77), observes:- " It has been stated, though we do not place unhesitating reliance on the story, that the quarrel between Leith-hall and Mayen might have been settled but for the interference of Patrick Byres of Tonley, who urged Mayen to the deed, and even loaded his pistol. It is certain that he left the country along with Mayen." Mr. Abernethy was indicted to stand trial at the Circuit Court of Justiciary, held at Aberdeen, in May, 1764, before Lord Auchinleck. In the Scots Magazine, for 1764 it is recorded that " At Aberdeen, James Abernethy of Mayen,- Esq., was outlawed, for not appearing to stand trial on an indictment for the murder of John Leith of Leith-hall, Esq."

 

One would not expect Dr Samuel Johnson to be greatly taken with the town, for it will be recollected that he could not obtain lodgings in the New Inn until it became known that he was a friend of the Advocate Boswell: and John Wesley to the discredit of Aberdeen be is said had the misfortune to be struck by a potato on the arm when he visited the town in 1761, the only occasion on which he was assaulted in Scotland. Yet the good man bore no grudge, and gave his testimony to the excellent qualities of the Aberdonians, as well as to the marvellously good singing which he heard in the Parish Church of Monymusk.

Lodge Walk was owned and laid out by the Freemasons, who had their meeting rooms on the 2nd Floor of the New Inn in Castle Street, there was extensive stabling in this service street for the Inn but the street itself was dark and 'doore' and not very grand and there was also an arch link to King Street through a Pend with a large gate with a wicket door.  G M Fraser further relates, it came to be the site of the Courthouse and Jail, and to any Aberdonian of the 20th Century the term "Lodge Walk" was synonymous with "Police Headquarters" .

– aye Ma, the hae taen hem tae Lodge Walk.

 


The Athenaeum - Union Buildings c.1819

Built 1819-22, Architect Archibald Simpson, burnt out in 1973, rebuilt by Thomson Taylor Craig and Donald 1977. 

The Athenaeum - Union Buildings, Union Street

Early draught plan of Athenaeum by Archibald Simpson.

Part of the the Union Buildings Complex it was designed as a Reading and Newsroom for the Citizens of Aberdeen and was owned by Alexander Brown, bookseller. In 1888 it was sold to James Hay and it was then converted into a Hotel and Restaurant. In 1973 a massive fire destroyed the interior of the building which has now become offices.
Alexander Brown, Booksellers, bookbinders, stationers, circulating library, art salon Aberdeen


Alexander Brown and William Paterson Upperkirkgate 1785-89
Alexander Brown Aberdeen 1789-90
Homer's Head, Broad Street 1791
Alexander Brown & Co Aberdeen 1810-23
38 Broad Street 1824-25
71 Union Street 1831-37
79 Union Street 1841
The Public Library 77 Union Street 1842
Alexander Brown and James Chalmers, papermakers Aberdeen
Craigbeg Mill, Ferryhill 1803-7
Alexander Brown bookseller and his father-in-law James Chalmers, printer and bookseller. The 1st Mill in Scotland to install a Boulton and Watt steam engine.
Lewis
Smith of Culter Mill bought most of the machinery. The mill itself was turned into a brewery.  Thomson

The square building on the left is the Athenaeum designed by Archibald Simpson.

Archibald Simpson, 1819-1822. 4-storey and attic, 11 x 5 bay, impressive classical former reading room and tenement building with shops with round-arched openings to ground, altered following a fire in 1973. Prominently positioned at crossroads with distinctive ionic columns to former reading room rising through 1st and 2nd floors of 5-bay section. Smooth granite ashlar. Base course, band course, cill course to 3rd storey. Blocking course. Rounded corner with bowed glazing to Noorth-west.  To East: symmetrical elevation with slightly advanced central 3-bay section with central timber door and with 4 tall Ionic columns with attic above, separating 3 large windows. Decorated wallhead panel above. To North, slightly advanced central 5-bay section with swagged wallhead panel.  Multi-pane round-arched timber windows to ground with fanlight glazing pattern. Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows to upper floors. Some plate glass to shop fronts. No 17, former Tbacconists, with round-arched timber mouldings. Grey slate. Mansard roof.

One of the early classical buildings to be built on Union Street this large and impressive building was designed by the renowned local Architect Archibald Simpson and is situated at a particularly important junction in the City. Its Ionic columned elevation provides a dominant terminating vista to the West of the Castlegate. The grand Ionic columns on the East elevation originally indicated the position of the former Library. The simple classical style is typical of granite buildings of this period before sophisticated cutting techniques were developed. Planned as the major thoroughfare in an increasingly wealthy and confident City, Union Street was a bold and confident project which required major Engineering to complete.  The 3-bay section to the West (No.s 17-21) was the 1st to be built in 1819, followed by the rest in 1822.

Originally called Union Buildings, and then The Athenaeum, the Eastern section of the building was known for its large and sumptuously decorated Reading Room, positioned behind the Ionic columns. Converted into `Jimmy Hay's' restaurant in 1888, it remained as such until a fire gutted the building in 1973. The building was restored in 1979-80


Aberdeen Hotel 1835 ~ (Victoria Restaurant)

The Aberdeen Hotel was on the North-east side of Union Bridge opposite Trinity Ha'
Reference is made  in the Aberdeen Journal on 15th Jan 1840, regarding necessary additions to the adjacent Aberdeen Hotel (now Victoria Restaurant) 140 Union Street, overlooking the Denburn and designed by Archibald Simpson. The rubble build is particularly unusual for Simpson. The Victoria has been “an institution” in Aberdeen for many years, originally in the hands of the Cordiner family.  Mr Alfred Cordiner, from the local well known family of timber merchants and garage owners, lived at Norwood Hall. Pitfoddels.  Cordiner's started life in 1870 as a small boat building business in Aberdeen.  Today, over 135 years and 5 generations later, their Timber Business in Sinclair Road is still run by the Cordiner family.  Mr Alfred George Cordiner was born in 1908 and the 1st Directorship he had was in 1989 at Victoria Restaurants (Aberdeen) Limited. His most recent Directorship was with James Cordiner & Son Limited where he held the position of "Timber merchant".


Lemon Tree Hotel c1835~1867
The Lemon Tree in Huxter Row formerly Huckster Wynd was a much-loved favourite of the traders and businessmen of mid-19th century Aberdeen as a 'howff' or haunt where the excellence of the food was matched only by the hospitality of the hostess, Mrs Ronald

The Lemon Tree Tavern looked out towards Castle Street from the internal corner of Huxter RowAberdeen Chamber of Commerce's 1st meeting (formerly  Aberdeen and North of Scotland Trade Protection Society) took place within the cosy confines of The Lemon Tree Tavern in Huxter Row, a much-loved favourite of the traders and businessmen of mid-19th century Aberdeen  No doubt with much regret, within a few years the gathering of gentlemen bade farewell to the Lemon Tree Tavern and to the memory of “such creamy Finnan haddocks, such magnificent partan claws as Mrs Ronald was wont to place upon the table” to reconvene at a new meeting place at the Royal Hotel.

Preview thumbnailThe Lemon Tree alas had a less rosy future ahead. It, along with some other local taverns, (Bon-Accord Hotel) were demolished when work began on the construction of the Town House in 1867 and an irreplaceable serving of local history was lost to the very Gods of Progress and Development that patronised it.  Ach - Jist Knocket Doon

Lemon Tree Hotel, Huxter Row, off Castle Street,
The title was transferred to a public house in St. Nicholas Street and more recently to the Lemon Tree Arts Venue in West North Street
(Formerly the St Katherine's Club).  Quite a deep property site, it extended at the rear as far as the East Prison.   Next door to it on the left was the Bon Accord Hotel. This picture appears to be a hard hat demolition site meeting post closure of the dilapidated Hotel and adjacent Buildings.


Forsythe Hotel 1840  ~ Gloucester Hotel

Misses M & E Walker's Forsythe Temperance Hotel 100-102 Union Street (south side adjacent to the  Correction Wynd bridge).  Charles Stott & Son Florists and a Tobacconists Shop occupy the ground floor.  A canopy is suspended over the pavement for the convenience of clients alighting from carriages.

Players Please - but no wooden Indian called Kaw-Liga. I remember such Wooden Indian statues in the Castlegate and Skene Street in the late 1940's as symbols for the Tobacconist Shops which were about the height of a boy.  A young Child perches on the kerb and peers through the railings into the depths of Correction Wynd an old Medieval thoroughfare which was bridged over to create Union Street.

East Bound Traffic Bustle outside the Forsythe Hotel Canopy

Renamed as Gloucester Hotel, 82-106 Union Street

Former Forsythe Temperance Hotel Gloucester Hotel a large imposing 19th Century 4 annexed Building facade was on the North side of Union Street No.s 82-106 and stretched between the Commercial Bank and Correction Wynd above Dunn & Co and the former H Samuel Shop.  It seems to have enjoyed AA recommended status, It had a large cantilevered canopy over the entrance and 4 storeys of accommodation.  All the windows were lit up at night uniformly with a golden glow.  It was closed and refurbished for private residential occupation in order to re-populate the abandoned City Centre.  Seems to have sank without trace or records.

 


Douglas Hotel ~1848

Built in 1848 at the height of the Victorian era the Douglas Hotel, Market Street is one of Aberdeen's oldest Hotels. A listed building makes it a much loved and well appointed Landmark in the City Centre.  Just up from the 'Broo' at the Shiprow Corner.  Built in the heart of the Victorian era, the Douglas Hotel has been welcoming visitors since 1853. A listed building makes it a much loved and well appointed landmark in the City centre.  The Douglas Hotel  has been welcoming guests for more than 160 years. There have been a great many changes over those years, including the installation and removal of some of the later addition Art Deco features which include the Copper Clad Entrance Canopy.


St Nicholas Hotel c.1866

St Nicholas Hotel graces the corner of St Nicholas Lane advertising it seems an Alloa Brewery and the marble statue of the Young Victoria graces the Plinth opposite and set well back to the base of the cast iron railings. 

The statue of Queen Victoria was sculpted by Alexander Brodie. The statue was inaugurated in 1866. The marble began to show weathering damage and was moved to the vestibule of the Town House in 1888. The plaster model of the statue can still be seen in the Music Hall.  The shop gable end then sported an opticians sign at Queens Corner before being altered, rendered and painted over in later years.  This marble statue was moved to the Town Hall as a result of sooty  sulphuric acid deterioration and a later now more representative and 'older' Bronze Queen erected in a new position further forward on this prime civic corner above old Putachieside

The St Nicholas Spire and East Church is just visible above the St Nicholas Hotel.

The City Hotel was at the opposite end of that block of buildings c.1857

 

 

 


Imperial Hotel 1869~ (Carmelite Hotel) - Stirling Street

James Souttar,
Arch. 1869, with additions William Henderson, Arch. 1885. Large, 3-storey and attic, well-detailed, Gothic style hotel on gusset site with central internal well and good interior details. Tooled, coursed granite with contrasting ashlar dressings. Band courses. Predominantly pointed arch windows to upper storeys; other segmental-arched windows. Partly crenellated with crenellated round turret to South-west round turret to North at apex of triangle. Pedimented and semicircular gabled wallhead dormers.  Asymmetrical elevations. 12-bay entrance elevation to West with slightly advanced bay to left with timber panelled entrance door with bracketed balcony above with pair of sculptured figures. Bipartite and tripartite windows above with slender columned mullions and fleur-de-lys decorative feature. Tripartite oriel window to right.  To South: gabled 7-bay elevation small hood moulded round-arched windows in apexes and broad, coped stacks above with vertical indentations. Balcony to 1st storey at Trinity Street (S).  Interior: good decorative interior with some fine original features. Dog-leg stair with moulded timber balustrade. Double-arched entrance to public room with polished granite column. 4-panelled timber doors. Fine decorative plaster ceiling and cornice to public room. Some good quality painted glass depicting Scottish and British heraldic symbols. Small stained glass roundel of St Andrew. Predominantly plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate. Ridge and gable stacks.

As one of the few secular buildings in Aberdeen to be built in the Gothic style, this is a particularly unusual and distinctive building. Situated on a distinctive Triangular site, there is fine external decoration. The Gothic revival style became popular in the mid 19th century, partly as a result of thinkers such as John Ruskin, who advocated the superiority of the Medieval period and its Architecture. Initially used for religious buildings, the style had, by the later 19th century expanded into domestic buildings, as here. Often portrayed as a reaction against the severity of classicism, the Gothic style makes this building a rarity in the classical cityscape of Aberdeen.  The painted glass in the interior is of some quality and the images depict various heraldic symbols including the pre 1603 Royal Scottish Coat of Arms, the Royal Shield and decorative thistles and roses.  The Carmelite Hotel takes its name from the Carmelite Order, which was associated with this area in the 13th century. Their house seems to have been bounded on the North by The Green and the site of this Hotel may have been situated within the House confines. As the Carmelites preferred to position their Friaries away from the Main City, this suggests that this area would have been outside the Medieval precincts of Aberdeen. 

James Souttar (1840-1922) was born in London and articled to Mackenzie and Mathews in Aberdeen from 1852-1860. He then travelled extensively throughout Europe, living for some time in Sweden. He settled in Aberdeen from 1866 and his output include various work within the City, including the Salvation Army Citadel (see separate listing). 
William Henderson (1828/9-1899) was an Aberdeen Architect whose output was mainly confined to the Aberdeenshire area and included Bank Buildings, public works and private houses.


Waverley Hotel 1870~ (St Magnus Court Hotel)  20-24 Guild Street

A Single Axle Cart Horse drinks deeply from Fidler's Well in Guild Street with the Waverley Hotel  and the Alhambra in the background.  Caledonian Railway Station stands opposite behind the cart.

The Waverley Hotel once the Caledonian Railway's Hotel (now St Magnus Court) is a well-detailed building in the Scots Baronial style which makes a distinctive addition to the streetscape of Guild Street. The adjoining building to the North continues the design of St Magnus Court and establishes a uniform appearance to the whole block, enhancing streetscape character. The use of ashlar and contrasting tooled granite is unusual. The shallow segmental arched windows, distinctive timber mouldings to the dormers and the contrasting banding are features of both buildings.  Exchange Street and the surrounding area was redeveloped in the mid-late 19th century as a mixed use area with Housing, Commercial Buildings and Industrial units. This building was constructed on the site of a previous sawmill. Guild Street lies close to the station and this hotel was one of a number in the area which helped to accommodate an increasing number of travellers.  

Dated 1870. 3-storey and attic, 5-bay hotel and commercial building with Scots Baronial detailing and later, similar adjoining domestic and commercial building to North. 12-bays to East (Stirling Street) and West (Exchange Street) and 6 bays to North (Imperial Place). Public House to ground at East and West with timber stallrisers and fascia. Tooled granite with contrasting band courses and flush banding, ashlar to ground. Shallow segmental arched openings (some alterations to ground). Piended dormers with narrow timber moulding. Crowstepped gables to West and East.

Principle elevation to South (Guild Street): symmetrical. Central advanced section with corbelled, stepped parapet with date-stone and panel with initials 'CR' and corner corbelled turrets. Outer bays with Commercial premises to ground. Corner corbelled turrets with candle-snuffer roofs and weather vanes.  Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows to upper floors, altered windows to ground. Plate glass windows to public house. Grey slate mansard roof with coped gable, ridge and wallhead stacks. Some non-traditional glazing to East and West.  Fish scale slates to turrets.


Palace Hotel - 159 Union Street 1874~1941

Union Street looking west from Union Bridge, with the Palace Hotel on the left and the Commercial Union Assurance building on the right. The hotel was built in 1874 for Messrs Pratt and Keith, milliners, who occupied the street level area. It operated as one of a chain of LNER hotels. Its upper storeys were destroyed by fire on 31st October 1941, with loss of life, and the building was entirely demolished after the war.

The GNSR had mixed success with Hotels including the famous but overly ambitious Cruden Bay scheme. This started in 1891 with the acquisition of the Aberdeen Palace Hotel. This was modernised and included the then new idea of electric lighting. This was a great financial success,  Built 1874 for Messrs Pratt and Keith, Milliners, who occupied the shops at the street level entrance area, and a warehouse below. by Alexander  Marshall McKenzie Architect.  It operated as 1 of a chain of LNER Hotels, the Palace Hotel was taken up by the Railway for the benefit of travellers. Its upper stories were destroyed by fire on 31 October 1941 and the building was partly demolished after the WW2 as it was claimed as damaged beyond repair by the fire during which 6 staff lost their lives (5 Chambermaids).  It may be that post war austerity had a hand in the decision and or the dated aspects of the interior yet the the magnificent granite facade is intact. The fire started in the Grill Room which was to the right of the Main Entrance (see below).  Final demolition took place in 1950 for the C&A Modes Building - now a Travelodge.  The Palace Hotel, had been a North of Scotland Railway Hotel from 1891 and was taken over by the LNER in 1923

Ach - Jist Knocket Doon

Palace Hotel after the fire in 1941 that sealed its fate looking from the Bank premises opposite down Bridge Street.

The Stock Room was on the 2nd Floor and 3 more storeys were below Union Street in the service road off Bridge Street
 

Palace Hotel: Banquet on 22 October 1909 in honour of C.S. Terry. In the back row (standing), are Mrs Johnston of Newton Dee, Prof. Baillie, Lady Fleming, Dr W.G. McNaught, Bishop Chisolm, Lady Elgar, Prof. Terry, Lord Aberdeen, Sir Edward Elgar, Mrs Rowland Ellis, Sir John Fleming, Sheriff Crawford, Mrs Dunn, and Bishop Rowland Ellis.


Bath Hotel  1879 ~ (Royal Hotel)

1-3 Bath Street is just off to the left in this artists Picture and was the site of the Bath Hotel now renamed The Royal Hotel with its splendid Architecture.  It was once a Turkish Bath Emporium.

The Royal Hotel - formerly the Bath Hotel and Turkish Baths - on Bath Street, resembling an immense French Chateau - also the impressive Venetian Gothic façade of the former Palace Theatre (1898) on Bridge Place. The main thoroughfare of Bridge Street itself was laid down in 1865-7, swooping over the old route in from the south to link Union Street with Aberdeen Joint Station, Guild Street and the Harbour area.

- at the junction of Bridge Place and Windmill Brae in Bath Street was the 5-storey Hydropathic and Turkish Bath establishment (1880), with a tower 80 feet high, 6 plunge baths, and a café.

This site is a topographically and historically complex area. As elsewhere in Aberdeen, the Victorian streetscape of Bridge Street, Bridge Place and Bath Street was superimposed or built on top of the Closes and Wynds of the Medieval Burgh. Windmill Brae effectively goes under­ground, passing below Bridge Street and now terminating at the Denburn Railway


Northern Hotel 1890 ~
 

The heart of Woodside. A 'split the wind' was created where the Old Road (Clifton Road left) and the new Turnpike (1-3 Great Northern Road on the right) went their separate ways.  In the vacant ground where the roads met the 1st Northern Hotel (above) was Built around 1890

It was managed by William Fisher of the well known Woodside Family of Grocers and Spirit merchants.

 

 

 

 

 

A Marshall Mackenzie & Son, 1938. Purpose-built 47 bedroom hotel on corner site with art deco detail, 4-storey reinforced concrete with squared granite facing with fine-tooled plinth, exposed concrete cills, lintels and balconies. V-plan with bold curved angle. Cantilevered canopied main entrance to Great Northern Road,  various subsidiary entrances. Continuous balcony on 1st floor, to curved angle only at 2nd. All windows to each elevation with continuous cills and lintels, granite dividing piers, metal framed with horizontal glazing pattern. Parapet. Interior: Much alteration at ground floor, some original details in small dining room. 1st floor anti-room to ballroom with art deco canopy. Ballroom: super-cinema style; flowing curvilinear shape, bold curved cornices concealing lighting ceiling on various planes; band's dais recess.


Grand Hotel - (Caledonian Hotel) 1892~

Caledonian Hotel -The Caledonian Hotel was built as the Grand Hotel and opened in 1892. White Kemnay granite was used for the construction in Italian Renaissance style architecture. The hotel changed its name in 1930 when a syndicate of local businessmen purchased it for £30,000. This was a bargain as it cost £80,000 to build in the 1st place. The Caledonian is rightly proud of its ability to attract the finest clientele, including politicians, film stars and Royalty. H.R.H. the Queen, Sir Anthony Eden and Clark Gable were all entertained at the Caledonian.

The Caledonian  Hotel, 10-13 Union Terrace has been at the forefront of luxury since it was built in 1892 and following the 1st Royal visit from Princess Alexandra, who stayed in Room 119 after being unable to reach Balmoral due to the weather. the hotel became a regular stop for the blue-blooded.  Hosting cocktails for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, dinner for the Duke of Gloucester and HRH the Queen with her family, the hotel has catered for various Royal functions across its 120 years.  Built in the Renaissance style of Architecture in white Kemnay Granite, the spectacular Union Terrace Hotel boasted key features of stained glass windows, and a glass dome - making it the height of sophistication.  Originally called the Grand Hotel, location was paramount for owner Charles Mann, who wanted a Hotel away from ‘crowded thoroughfares’ whilst in close proximity to the City Centre, a view of Union Terrace Gardens without the disruption of passing trains and the bedrooms situated at the rear of the Hotel where there was little or no traffic.  Mr Mann quipped during his speech at the celebratory opening dinner of the Hotel that he wanted the Grand to be a comfortable place for all.  He said: "It would be my highest ambition to make the Hotel a home for those who were absent from home, a place of rest for the weary and a resort where all that was good for physical comfort may be obtained, so that the pleasures of the evening would always bear the reflection of the morning."  A Mr Bothwell, who was a porter here in 1943 and another porter John, who actually came in for the 100-year celebrations, and was the 1st person to get a tip from the Royals when they were here."   Mary Littlejohn, who ruled the restaurant with an iron fist and used to live in-house as well.  "I hear that her ghost is frequently seen in the basement of the hotel, making sure the team is in check as this was known as 'her place'."


Station Hotel 1894~ 74-80 Guild Street

Ellis & Wilson, 1894 (No 80 to left) and R G Wilson 1900 (No 78 to right). Hotel comprising 2 internally linked buildings; to right, 4-storey, 2-attic and basement, double gabled Baroque Hotel and to left, slightly recessed, 3-storey and basement, 13-bay Classical former Railway HQ with distinctive arched entrance doorway. Tooled and ashlar granite. 1st storey cornice, cill and string courses.  No. 80 (to left): central decorative consoled wall-head panel. Slightly advanced wide-arched Baroque entrance porch with banded pilasters with chamfered panelling flanking central timber and glass 2-leaf swing door and wide plate glass sidelights. Large Diocletian fanlight above. Some decorative detailing, including Lion´s head at the apex and palmettes.  No 78 (to right): pilastered ground floor with continuous fascia. Off-centre canopied 2-leaf timber and glass swing entrance door with glass and timber sidelights. Shallow canted 7-light oriel windows with central round arched light to 1st and 2nd storey at outer bays. Round-arched openings above. Central decorative panel with small arcaded parapet above to 3rd storey. Swan-necked apex capping to gables with stacks above. Late 20th century extensions to rear (2006). 

Variety of fenestration. No 78 with predominantly 6-pane over plate glass timber sash and case windows to 1st and 2nd storey, with casement and non-traditional to upper floors. 4-pane and plate glass timber sash and case windows to rear and East with some non-traditional windows. Grey slate mansard roof with 2 levels of attic dormers to No 78. Scroll skew-putts. No 80 with predominantly plate glass sash and case timber windows. Slate roof. Coped ridge stacks with some hexagonal decorative cans.

Original room plan largely extant and with some good original features to No 80. Central open well staircase with decorative timber balustrade. Original boardroom with fine timber panelling and decorative chimney pieces and over-mantels. 4 and 5-panel timber doors. Decorative plaster cornicing. Some doors with carved timber architraves. Original timber panelled entrance hall. Some stained glass to rear stair windows. 


Stanley Hotel, 39-42 Regents Quay c.1905  by Alexander Marshall McKenzie Architect.
Just East of the old Regents Bridge. 
Later 18th century. 3-storey and attic, 3-bay commercial and residential building with later alterations including recessed Roman-Doric columned door-pieces. Grey granite ashlar with raised margins. Moulded eaves cornice. Wide, gated pend to left bay; 2-leaf doorways flank fixed-pane non-traditional astragalled window to right. Pair of later, piended roof dormers. 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate. Broad, harled gable stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods.


Hastie's Hotel (Inn at the Park)
The properties in
Deemount Terrace, Aberdeen date back to the 1870's.  Originally the Hotel was 2 individual dwelling houses, No. 4 Deemount Terrace was owned and occupied by George Bennett Mitchell a renowned Aberdeen Architect whilst K M Simpson, solicitor, occupied No. 3.  It was in the 1960's when 3 & 4 became a Hotel under the management of Ken Hastie. Known as Hastie's Hotel, Ken sold the property to the locally well known caterer, William Nixon. After the Nixons undertook extensive alterations in 1975/76 the Hotel was first given the name of the Inn at the Park. Justly so due to its close proximity to the Duthie Park, one of Aberdeen's fine public parks.  In 1979 the hotel was again sold, this time to Stanley and Ethel Smith. The Smith's built an extension which was formally opened in November 1979 by the late Marcus Kelly Milne, former City Librarian. The Smiths moved on around 1994, handing over to the Verace Group. 1999 saw yet another change and Mr and Mrs Alan Anderson became proprietors until 2003 when the present owner, Mike Taylor took over the helm. 


Horse drawn 'double decker' seating 40. in 1880 Union Street. Behind the car are the Town & County Bank, Aberdeen Temperance Hotel, Duffus Lodgings and Family Hotel ran by brother and sister William and Jane Duffus, and the Aberdeen Song School - formerly the Bon Accord Music Hall

Situated towards the East End of Union Street, this is an early example of a classical building possibly and the first in the City by the renowned Aberdeen Architect Archibald Simpson. It forms an essential component of the planned streetscape of Union Street. The probably later attic windows within the wall-head stacks to the street elevation are unusual. The simple Classical style is typical of granite buildings of this period before sophisticated cutting techniques for this hard stone were developed. Planned as the major thoroughfare in an increasingly wealthy and confident City, Union Street was a bold and confident project which required major engineering to complete. The buildings which aligned the street had to reflect this sense of grandeur and confidence as the visual appearance of the street was of the utmost importance.  There is some disagreement about the date and aAchitect of this building. Brogden suggests that this is a 1895 building by James Henderson, built as a replacement for an original Archibald Simpson structure. Cuthbert indicates that Simpson built this building in 1811 for a John Morison of Auchentoul and that this was Simpson´s 1t Commission in Aberdeen. Simpson was working in London at this time in the office of David Laing. Morison had asked Laing for a design for a house, but when he looked at the plans, Morison had preferred a design by the young Simpson. The attic storey is thought to be a later addition. The building appears on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1866-8 as the Bon Accord Music Hall
Archibald Simpson (1790-1847), along with John Smith, was one of the major architects involved in designing the expanding 19th century city of Aberdeen. A native of Aberdeen, he practised predominately with the North East of Scotland. He designed many of the important buildings in the city including St Andrews Cathedral, The Music Hall and 29 King Street


Hotels in chief are the Imperial, Palace, Douglas, Lemon Tree, City, Forsyth's, Adelphi, Waverley, and (William & Jane) Duffus' Temperance: clubs are the Royal Northern (1854), the City, the Aberdeen Club (1862), and the New Club (1867).

Union Hotel,
Cruickshanks' Inn, in the Schoolhill,
Macdonald's Temperance Hotel in Queen Street.
Machray's Hotel was on the south side of Union Street opposite St Nicholas Street - Possibly a Temperance  Hotel

Isaac Machray, Hotelier
Royal Hotel
63, Union Street
This Hotel was near the junction of Market Street and went as far back as the Adelphi Pend c.1897
 

Mollinson's Hotel was on Union Street at the corner of Shiprow.

Adelphi Hotel, 10 Adelphi Court; Prop N Moncur 
- was on the right as you entered the pend from Union Street and across the short lane.
Imperial Hotel, 21 Adelphi Court

National Hotel 64 Regents Quay
Bon Accord Hotel, 17-19 Market Street - c,1906
Albert Hotel, 11 Correction Wynd, Prop Mrs Mary Stuart
Aberdeen and Commercial Hotel
, 41, Queen Street 1824-25, William Melvin,

Queens Hotel - Shiprow c.1857

The Allison Hotel (Temperance), 4 Bridge St 
Aston Hotel, 160 Union St 
Balmoral (Temperance), 52 Market St 

William Melvin
Melvin's Hotel
138, Union street
Hotelier


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