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Jackson's Garage

A fine example of Art Deco architecture, the former Jackson's Garage is located on the corner of Bon Accord Street and Langstane Place in Aberdeen. Now B-listed, it was built 1933-37 by engineer S Gavin Williamson to designs by A.G.R. Mackenzie (1879 - 1963) of the local architectural practice of A. Marshall Mackenzie & Son. The building curves around the street corner, but the main facade is on Bon Accord Street. This comprises a central block which demonstrates the prominent vertical and horizontal lines of the Art Deco style, featuring long metal-framed windows and a distinctive entrance, with a bronze winged torch and distinctive lantern-mast above. It is a rare example of Art Deco executed in granite, although there are others in Aberdeen; the nearby Bon Accord Baths (1937), Tullos Primary School (1937) and the Northern Hotel (1938).

The garage would originally have had showrooms at the front, with offices above and workshops behind. To the rear, in Bon Accord Square, the building sympathetically incorporates Archibald Simpson's Georgian facade of 1823.

The building later became the SMT garage and now operates as a series of shops.


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