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Former "Taylor Family" Warehouse Including Interiors

Item details

Name of item: Former "Taylor Family" Warehouse Including Interiors
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Other - Commercial
Location: Lat: -33.8739398946531 Long: 151.205044542198
Primary address: 141 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
141 York StreetSydneySydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 141 York Street has historic significance as one of few remaining buildings in this part of the city which reflects the early pattern of subdivision. It has aesthetic significance as a modest example of the Federation Anglo-Dutch style, unusually for this style executed in full stone. The building forms part of a fine group of early 20th century warehouses in York Street opposite the Queen Victoria Building.
Date significance updated: 30 Jan 06
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1908-1908
Physical description: The building at 141 York Street is a narrow six storey structure of which the two top residential floors at the rear are recent additions. The original facade is of sandstone, rock faced except for the dressed piers and sills surrounding the timber framed windows, with the curvilinear gable typical of the Federation Anglo-Dutch style. The recent alterations have altered the openings at street level to form a colonnade to modern steel and glass stairs and shopfronts. Internally, all original fabric and finishes have been removed or concealed. The addition has been carried out in rendered masonry with a slate roof, metal windows and balustrades, and two precast concrete Tuscan columns supporting the porch beam on the new top floor. Category:Individual Building. Style:Federation Anglo-Dutch. Storeys:6 + basement. Facade:Sandstone, timber frame windows. Side/Rear Walls:Face brick. Internal Walls:Plasterbd & stud. Roof Cladding:Waterproof membrane, slate. Internal Structure:Concealed, loadbearing walls & steel beams. Floor:Presumably timber joists & boards, carpet. Roof:Not inspected. Ceilings:Susp. acoustic tiles, plasterbd.. Stairs:Refer fire stairs. Stairs from street to ground and basement floors steel with stainless steel balustrade.. Fire Stairs:Steel frame, precast conc. treads, steel pipe balustrade. Sprinkler System:Yes. Lifts:1, modern. AirConditioned:Yes
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Having recently been completely refurbished, the building is in very good condition. Internally there is virtually no early fabric visible.
Date condition updated:30 Jan 06
Modifications and dates: 1994 two floors added.
Further information: High Significance:Masonry facades, surviving original steel structure, timber floors and windows. Low Significance:Modern additions, stairs, partitions and finishes.

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: Commercial office, residential (top 2 floors), vacant (ground & basement)
Former use: Warehouse


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. There is no written record of the name of the language spoken and currently there are debates as whether the coastal peoples spoke a separate language "Eora" or whether this was actually a dialect of the Dharug language. Remnant bushland in places like Blackwattle Bay retain elements of traditional plant, bird and animal life, including fish and rock oysters.

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. Aboriginal people from across the state have been attracted to suburbs such as Pyrmont, Balmain, Rozelle, Glebe and Redfern since the 1930s. Changes in government legislation in the 1960s provided freedom of movement enabling more Aboriginal people to choose to live in Sydney.

(Information sourced from Anita Heiss, "Aboriginal People and Place", Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City )

The building at 141 York Street stands on land which was part of a crown grant to Elizabeth Charlotte Broughton in 1840. The original Torrens title was issued to Patrick Thomson Taylor in 1908, and a building application for the property was lodged by P J Taylor [sic] the same year, presumably for the construction of the present building, although the National Trust listing card based on rate books gives the construction date as 1907. The title passed to various members of the Taylor family and others until 1967 when it was transferred to Lingard Investments Pty Ltd, who lodged an application for a new fire stair and entrance in 1968. In 1988 the property was acquired by the present owners and the latest refurbishment works which involved the addition of two floors were completed in 1994. These renovations were awarded the TAS Renovated Home Design of the Year Award in 1994.

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]
It is one of few remaining buildings in this part of the city which reflects the early pattern of subdivision. Has historic significance locally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Has aesthetic significance locally. It is a modest example of the Federation Anglo-Dutch style, unusually for this style executed in full stone.
SHR Criteria f)
This is one of the few buildings remaining in this part of the city which reflects the early pattern of subdivision. It is an unusual example of the Anglo-Dutch style in full stone, and a rare example of this style applied to a warehouse.
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:

General: The building at 141 York Street should be conserved as an unusual full sandstone example of the Federation Anglo-Dutch style which contributes to the early 20th century streetscape in this section of York Street. No further vertical extensions should occur. Surfaces never intended for painting, notably sandstone, should remain unpainted, while surfaces such as steel and timber which were originally painted should continue to be painted in appropriate colours. Exterior: Significant original or early elements including sandstone facade should be preserved with appropriate maintenance. Interior: Further adaptation could continue to occur provided that original or early fabric, such as the timber floors, is not adversely affected. 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 fa├žade 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 2012I1997*14 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1995The Architecture Show magazine, Summer 1995 Sydney Cityscope, April 1995
Written  National Trust listing card
Written  Land Title: CT Vol 1864 Fol 170
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: 2424069

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