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Justice Mill Lane and Holburn Street, Ventilator, Aberdeen

Description: Justice Mill Lane and Holburn Street, Ventilator

Category: C(S)
Date Listed: 1 October 1998
Historic Scotland Building ID: 45663

OS Grid Coordinates: 393306, 805688
Latitude/Longitude: 57.1420, -2.1122

Location: Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 6SZ

Locality: Aberdeen
County: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Postcode: AB10 6SZ

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Listing Text

Circa 1905. Cast-iron ventilator in tower form with decorative Art Nouveau detailing, sited on traffic island at head of Justice Mill Lane, at junction with Holburn Street. Later concrete base with splayed corners supporting cylindrical shaft adorned with stylised foliage at base, and rising with reeded moulding in 4 places (suggesting plant stalks) and terminating in frieze of stylised flowers, crowned with arcaded ventilator head further adorned with stylised foliage and terminated by polygonal, finialled cap.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

W A Brogden ABERDEEN (RIAS Guide, 1988), p67.

The ventilator marks the end of the remarkable cable subway running from here, under Crown Street, to the former Electricity Works and Tram Car Depot in Millburn and Crown Streets (see separate listing), to which it provided necessary ventilation. The Art Nouveau style employed for the fine Paris Metro station entrances (designed by Hector Guimard), perhaps inspired its use to demark this underground subway, similarly linked to transport.

Source: Historic Scotland

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