Heritage

Tea Gardens Hotel

Item details

Name of item: Tea Gardens Hotel
Other name/s: The Tea Gardens Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Primary address: 2-4 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2-4 Bronte RoadBondi JunctionWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Very good example of an Inter-War style hotel design, essentially intact. Site has special historic interest for its continuous use as a hotel since the 1850's. One of the more attractive older style buildings to survive in the heart of the main retail precinct. 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: Good brick hotel, with façade c. 1940. Symmetrical design. Strong Art Deco influence apparent in fluted vertical lines. Excellent mouldings and smooth rendered decoration to parapets. Central parapet, with second parapet on splay corner to former laneway. Remainder of above awning façade in decorative brickwork. Original tiles and glazing below including excellent chrome work. Little altered above or below awning.
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; social; architectural; aesthetic; streetscape.
Current use: Hotel
Former use: Hotel

History

Historical notes: Original licence for a hotel on this site issued in 1854. Known as the Waverley Tea Gardens and popular with day visitors. Site subdivided in 1874 and a second storey added about that time. The area took the name Tea Gardens when the trams first arrived in 1881. Building remodelled in the Inter-War period. (Dowd, pp. 277-78).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Very good example of an Inter-War style hotel design, essentially intact. Site has special historic interest for its continuous use as a hotel since the 1850's. One of the more attractive older style buildings to survive in the heart of the main retail precinct. 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 Study1990   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990 Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620075


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