Heritage

St Anne's Shrine

Item details

Name of item: St Anne's Shrine
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Shrine
Primary address: Blair Street, North Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Blair StreetNorth BondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address
Mitchell StreetNorth BondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandAlternate Address

Statement of significance:

Intact example of an Inter-War Romanesque style church. Social, historical and aesthetic interest. Typically, deocration is restrained, with the exception of some outstanding stonework. Notable as winner of the Sir John Sulman Medal for Architects, Fowler and McConnel. Size is indicative of the importance to the local Catholic community. Important element in church-school group. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 23 Oct 99
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.

Description

Construction years: 1915-1945
Physical description: Impressive Inter-War brick church. Gothic and Romanesque influences evident. Stepped rectangular form with parapet gables to main roof. Limited brickwork decoration enhanced by use of stone around windows. Outstanding, all stone portico. Vertical openings with arched heads. Simple leadlight glazing. Small belltower at rear.
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; cultural; social; architectural; aesthetic; streetscape.
Current use: Church
Former use: Church

History

Historical notes: The first St Anne's Church was established in O'Brien Street in 1896. Rapid population growth in the 1920's saw the purchase of a new, more central site at North Bondi in 1926. A new church-school was completed in 1929. A presbytery followed in 1932 (in Mitchell Street) and a convent in 1935. This building was erected in 1934. It was designed by architects, Fowell and McConnel, and won the Sir John Sulman Medal. In 1939 the 1929 church-school, on Oakley Road, became the new site of the Marist Brothers boys' school (relocated from "Ben Eden" at Bondi Junction). (Dowd, pp. 192-3, 211, 215-216).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Intact example of an Inter-War Romanesque style church. Social, historical and aesthetic interest. Typically, deocration is restrained, with the exception of some outstanding stonework. Notable as winner of the Sir John Sulman Medal for Architects, Fowler and McConnel. Size is indicative of the importance to the local Catholic community. Important element in church-school group. Local significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Heritage studyWaverley Heritage Study1989   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1989 Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620042


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