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Commercial Building (169-171 Broadway) Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Commercial Building (169-171 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
169-171 BroadwayUltimoSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 169-171 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 fine example of Federation Free Style building, with an elaborately detailed façade, 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:
169-171 is a two storey Federation Free Style commercial building. It has two reconstructed timber framed shop fronts with side recessed doors, and a contemporary fire egress door near the western end of the building. There is a suspended awning with decorative bracket supports. The façade above the awning is of face brickwork with cast cement detailing. It is divided into four bays by engaged piers. The first floor features arched openings with timber casement sashes, above which is a high decorative cornice with twin gables flanked by balustrade in fills and piers capped with cast urns.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:13 Jul 10
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 and Billiards Saloon


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.All cities include many immigrants in their population.

The land was part of a grant to the Clergy Schools Land Corporation in the 1820s. By the 1850s the area had developed a mixture of residential and industrial uses, including slaughterhouses, distilleries and sugar mills. The pollution caused by industry, combined with the frequent flooding of Blackattle creek lead to the area around Athlone Place ( now Mountain Street) being resumed by Council in the period 1906-1910 and most buildings demolished including the one on this site.

The existing building was constructed c 1910.

According to Sands Directory between 1911 and 1925 a Billiards saloon was operated at No 169 by various people. After that date the street number is not included in the directly and may have been part of the shop at No 171.

Sargents established refreshment rooms in No 171 in 1911, and in 1913/4 Sayer and Co, who sold pictures and overmantles set up in this shop. They were replaced in 1914 by Simos Stratis and Co Confectioners who had eariler occupied one of the adjoining terraces demolished for the adjoining Broadway Theatre. The firm was still listed there in 1932.

At No 167, between 1911 and 1924 A E Tibbey ran a furniture shop and from 1925 till 1932, the shop was a hardware and ironmongers by Pitt and Co.

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

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 Shops-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building at 169-171 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.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
It is a fine example of a Federation Free Style building, with an elaborately detailed façade, which forms an important component of the streetscape along this section of Broadway
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 additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of less significance, should not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the relevant planning controls.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I201514 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes
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: 2420515

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