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Commercial Building (165-167 Broadway) Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Commercial Building (165-167 Broadway) Including Interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Commercial Office/Building
Primary address: 147-171 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
147-171 BroadwayUltimoSydney  Primary Address
165-167 BroadwayUltimoSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 165-167 Broadway is part of the redevelopment of the Broadway frontage of Athlone Place following the slum clearance and sale by the city council, 1906-1909. It is a representative example of a Federation Free Style building, which forms an important component of the streetscape along this section of Broadway.
Date significance updated: 12 Feb 13
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Division intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.


Physical description: The site contains a a two storey Federation Free Style commercial building. It has are two reconstructed shop fronts with recessed entries at each end.. Above the awning, which has deocrative brackets, the façade is divided into two bays divided by engaged piers. The first floor features two arched windows with casement sashes within each bay. The parapet is capped and features a small cetnrally located pediment and spherical finials on both end piers.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:12 Jul 10
Modifications and dates: c 2002 The building was restored and the rear section of the building demolished.
Further information: Heritage Inventory sheets are often not comprehensive, and should be regarded as a general guide only. Inventory sheets are based on information available, and often do not include the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are constantly updated by the City as further information becomes available. An inventory sheet with little information may simply indicate that there has been no building work done to the item recently: it does not mean that items are not significant. Further research is always recommended as part of preparation of development proposals for heritage items, and is necessary in preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and Conservation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.
Current use: Shops
Former use: Shops, offices, Department Store


Historical notes: The "Eora people" was the name given to the coastal Aborigines around Sydney. Central Sydney is therefore often referred to as "Eora Country". Within the City of Sydney local government area, the traditional owners are the Cadigal and Wangal bands of the Eora.

With the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

The building is considered to have been reconstructed as part of the City Council redevelopment of the Athlone Place area in 1906-9. Architectural drawings for a similar though not identical buildings exist in the Council's Archives.

The Sands Directory indicates that No 163, was the office of Samuel Israel, financier and dealer from 1911 to 1915, after which it was occupied by George Mole . Consultant Engineer and Managing Agents. In 1916, the shop was incorporated into the adjoining Hosking and Co Department Store in the Hillier Building, and may have been the shoe and boot department.

The shop at No 165 was occupied by Choy and Co Grocers between 1909 and 1915 and in 1917 by Warson's Grocers. After 1918 it became part of Hosking's Department Store.

The building was restored as part of the Quadrant On Broadway development in c 2002 and at this time the rear section of the building was demolished.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building at 165-167 Broadway is part of the redevelopment of the Broadway frontage of Athlone Place following the slum clearance and sale by the city council, 1906-1910
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building forms part of an important streetscape of Edwardian and Commercial buildings which survived the slum clearance of Athlone place at Ultimo.
SHR Criteria g)
Represetantive example of a Federation Federation Free Style building, with an elaborately detailed façade found in the inner suburbs of Sydney.
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.

Recommended management:

The building should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement, or a Conservation Management Plan, should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. There shall be no vertical additions to the building and no alterations to the façade of the building other than to reinstate original features. The principal room layout and planning configuration as well as significant internal original features including ceilings, cornices, joinery, flooring and fireplaces should be retained and conserved. Any alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of lesser significance, should not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the relevant planning controls. External signage is to be in accordance with the Signage Strategy prepared by NBRS and Partners for the Broadway buildings of the Quadrant on Broadway development.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I201414 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Broadway/Mountain Street Redevelopment Site Heritage Assessment and Policies1998 NBRS&P Architects  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420137

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