Fifty of Aberdeen’s buildings have been selected for a book celebrating their historic and architectural significance.
Author Jack Gillon’s book, Aberdeen In 50 Buildings, explores the history of the city through its “greatest architectural assets”.
The book describes the city as “the place where commerce first took its rise in Scotland”.
It reads: “The most remarkable thing about Aberdeen in the eye of the traveller, is the stone with which it is built.”
Jack writes a brief history of how granite was exported annually to London to help pave its streets.
This granite would go on to form part of some of the well-known buildings featured in the book, such as Marischal College, the Salvation Army Citadel at the Castlegate, Brig o’ Balgownie and the former Aberdeen General Post Office on Crown Street.
It also features modern-day designs like Sir Duncan Rice Library, the Maggie’s Centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Marine Operations Centre in Pocra Quay.
Jack, who has lived in Edinburgh for the past 40 years, said: “I had an aunt and uncle in Aberdeen and was a regular visitor to the city with my family.
“I have particular fond memories of visiting the city as a youngster and particularly playing on the giant draughts in Union Terrace Gardens with my dad – I even managed to include an illustration in the book of people playing draughts in the Gardens.
“Emma Jane, my wife-to-be, was at college in Aberdeen and I would often visit the city.
“In 1971, I worked for the summer as a street photographer for Sandy Nemeth who ran Photovision and was allocated a stand on Union Street.
“Street photographers would stand around on the street, take a snap of you as you walked past, hand you a ticket with some reference numbers and an address where you could go along and have a look at the photo then decide if you wanted to buy a print.
“In these days of digital cameras, selfies and camera phones it seems like a bit of an odd concept.
“However, these were times when not everyone had a camera easily available in their pocket or handbag to capture fleeting moments.”
Readers are guided through the city while learning more about the Aberdeen’s everyday buildings such as Aberdeen Central Library on Rosemount Viaduct.
Opened on July 5 1892, the library, along with its neighbours His Majesty’s Theatre and St Mark’s Church, form a distinguished line of buildings known locally as Education, Salvation and Damnation.
Statues have also made the list for their historical prominence such as the bronze Lord Byron in Aberdeen Grammar School’s grounds, the Wallace Statue across from HMT, the granite sculpture of the Duke of Gordon in Golden Square and the Mannie o’ the Well on The Green.
The author recalls memories in Aberdeen and in some of its most known places such as the Bon Accord Baths.
Jack added: “I had one of my first curries in the city at the Asia Kathon on Holburn Street, just around the corner from Union Street.
“We had no bath or shower in the flat that I lived in on Erskine Street and a visit to the plunge baths at the Bon Accord Baths on Justice Mill Lane was a fairly regular necessary event – for a ’60s student.
“I had made occasional visits to Aberdeen since these early days and it was a nostalgic pleasure to have the opportunity to explore the history and architecture of the city. There were parts of the city which were very familiar and others that had been significantly changed – mostly for the better.”