Heritage

Bronte House

Item details

Name of item: Bronte House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 470 Bronte Road, Bronte, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
470 Bronte RoadBronteWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Oldest known residence in the Waverley Council area. Always magnificent and still one of Waverley's best. Especially notable stylistically. An individual Mid-Victorian design reflecting a Romantic and Picturesque interpretation of the medieval past. Appears to be substantially intact and retains its outstanding original setting. Special social and historical interest for its associations with Mortimer Lewis, the Lowes, and other prominent local citizens. State significance. Sources: Dowd, pp. 154-161. Kerr J, Broadbent J, Gothic Taste in the Colony of New South Wales, p. 107.
Date significance updated: 24 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: 1890-1890
Physical description: Magnificent, Mid-Victorian mansion overlooking Bronte Park. Towers and form are reminiscent of a medieval French chateau. Described as "stylistically confused" by Kerr and Broadbent (p. 107), "an amusing mongrel "Gothic-Italianate" design". All slate roofing. Main roof consists of repeated hipped form. Central gabled projection to front (facing park). Verandah on each side, returning around house. Simple timber posts with large span brackets. Round tower on corners to Bronte Road, with conical roofs. Two storey rear extension comes right up to road alignment. Ashlar coursed render with unusual ground floor openings. Difficult to see from park or roadway due to high fence. Excellent grounds and reconstructed period gardens (described on accompanying landscape inventory form).
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; cultural; social; architectural; aesthetic; rarity value; streetscape/landscape.
Current use: Dwelling house
Former use: Dwelling house

History

Historical notes: Land, which includes the present day park, was originally granted to Mortimer Lewis, the Colonial Architect. He laid foundations but was forced to sell in 1840's recession. House completed by Barrister Robert Lowe, and his wife, in 1845 or early 1846. Little altered since then. (Dowd, pp. 154-161).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Oldest known residence in the Waverley Council area. Always magnificent and still one of Waverley's best. Especially notable stylistically. An individual Mid-Victorian design reflecting a Romantic and Picturesque interpretation of the medieval past. Appears to be substantially intact and retains its outstanding original setting. Special social and historical interest for its associations with Mortimer Lewis, the Lowes, and other prominent local citizens. State significance. Sources: Dowd, pp. 154-161. Kerr J, Broadbent J, Gothic Taste in the Colony of New South Wales, p. 107.
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

References, internet links & images

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620087


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