Item details

Name of item: Hollowforth
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 146 Kurraba Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
146 Kurraba RoadNeutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A dramatic and innovative architectural statement in the shingle style by one of the leading architects of the Federation era, E. Jeaffreson Jackson. Hollowforth joins with a number of Horbury Hunt's commissions to represent the finest examples of this style within the State.
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Branch intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.


Designer/Maker: E Jeaffreson Jackson & S G Thorpe
Physical description: Two storey with attic rooms brick house of a symmetric picturesque design with large wall areas of timber shingles. It incorporates undulating stone garden walls, the theme of which is carried through into the fluid geometric pattern of the shingled wall surfaces. The roofscape is composed of numerous stopped hips, dormer windows and massive brick chimneys, while the projecting first floor is carried out on exposed timber beams. Lower walls are face brick with sandstone base. The interior contains several fine Art Nouveau features such as the leadlighting, tapered stair balusters and joinery details. It has been subdivided into flatlets and rented rooms for many years. A billiard room with bedroom over, was added to the Garden front on the eastern elevation by architects Spain and Cosh in 1913 for the then owner A H Way, Esq.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Modifications and dates: Divided into two units internally during the 1980s. In 1994, the building, particularly the roof structure, was damaged by a fire and subsequently reconstructed to original detail.


Historical notes: Hollowforth was completed in 1893 as the home of Professor R. Threlfall. The house was designed by E Jeaffreson Jackson in association with S G Thorp.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: _
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan     
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
National Trust of Australia register      

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931244Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB October 1992 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181244

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