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Glen Rhoda - house, front garden, fencing, Cook Pine, Norfolk Island Pine

Item details

Name of item: Glen Rhoda - house, front garden, fencing, Cook Pine, Norfolk Island Pine
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 71 Wallaroy Road, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
71 Wallaroy RoadWoollahraWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site is significant as part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1830. 'Glen Rhoda' was apparently constructed in 1863 on the former Denison Road (Wallaroy Road) which was described as 'the road leading to Glen Rhoda.' The property formed part of the lease to Francis Giles from Cooper in 1862, The building has social and historical significance for its association with the merchant Samuel Owen, Samuel De Lissa, Henry and Charles Feldheim and the engineers Alfred W. Kendall and Gregory H. Blaxland. The building has aesthetic significance as a fine and largely intact example of a prominent residence in a Rusticated Gothic style and is significant for the integrity of the original fabric which appears to be largely intact externally. The building facade has been modified with the inclusion of a garage at basement level but this has not affected the significance of the building. The building has scientific significance for the research and educational potential and for the archaeological potential due to its age.
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.

Description

Designer/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1863-
Physical description: Three storey rendered masonry house in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style, set on a hill back from Wallaroy Road. L-shaped house. Gabled roof, with flat terra cotta tiles, glazed terra cotta ridge cappings, and close eaves. Gable ends have timber lining to eaves and are supported on simple timber brackets. Walls are rendered masonry, ashlar lined, and feature stone quoins, and stone sills. Windows are generally multi-paned timber double hung or casement, or modern double hung. Multi-paned french doors at ground level to all sides, some featuring similar top and side lights and stone quoins. Lower ground level to the northern and eastern sides houses garage, with entry on the northern side through solid timber consertina doors. At ground level french doors open out onto small concrete balconies with ornate concrete balustrades. Stone steps lead to the main entrance at ground level on the northern side. A small porch above has terra cotta tiles, and is supported by a stone column. Solid timber panelled door, stone quoins. Directly below is lower ground entrance with similar door. A similar stone column supports first floor at north western corner. The corner cut-out features raised stone floor, painted murial to western facade and ceiling. Terraced garden to the north features mature plantings to the western boundary, stone retaining walls, and similar concrete balustrades. Courtyards to the west and south have stone flagstones. Western boundary comprises high brick wall supported by tapered brick piers. Stone flagstones to driveway. Style: Victorian Rustic Gothic External Materials: Rendered masonry walls, stone quions to corners and windows, stone sills. Flat terra cotta tiles to roof. Solid timber doors, timber multi-paned french doors, double hung and casement windows. Concrete balconies and balustrades. Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: House appears generally in good condition and well maintained. At the time of this inventory, the house was being renovated, including interanl renovations, and external electrical work including doorbells and lighting. From council's B.A and D.A files, internal alterations in 1970 included the construction of a cantilevered window box for the kitchen. In 1972 a new laundry with an open roof deck above accessed via an external concrete stair were constructed. Alterations were undertaken for Leon Fink. Modern steel and glass fixed awning above rear entry. Large metal duct to southern wall, steel vents to eastern walls.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Part of the West Woollahra district, bounded by Jersey Road, Oxford Street-Wallis Street and Edgecliffe Road, and characterised by the mixture of land uses, building forms and styles. Site formed part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1830. 'Glen Rhoda' was apparently constructed in 1863, however the first reference to the house is not until 1869, when Denison Road (Wallaroy Road) is described as 'the road leading to Glen Rhoda.' The property formed part of the lease to Francis Giles from Cooper in 1862, and Giles was responsible for the first subdivision of land in 1872. It would appear 'Glen Rhoda' was built for the merchant Samuel Owen, who later sold to Samuel De Lissa in 1872. The property passed to Henry and Charles Feldheim in 1916, and to the engineer Alfred W. Kendall in 1927. The present site for 'Glen Rhoda' was formed after subdivision in 1928. Ownership passed to the engineer Gregory H. Blaxland in 1940. Also known as 'Brush' during Blaxland's ownership.

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. Emergence of building styles-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Domestic life-Activities associated with creating, maintaining, living in and working around houses and institutions. A place to live-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Cultural and social life-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically Rare at a Regional level. Historically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetically rare at a Regional level. Aesthetically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Socially representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Scientifically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Historically Rare at a Regional level. Aesthetically rare at a Regional level.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Scientifically representative at a Local level. Socially representative at a Local level. Aesthetically representative at a Local level. Historically representative at a Local level.
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:

A Heritage Report required prior to any proposals for new work. As the facades of the building have remained relatively intact, there should be no proposals allowed which alter the external envelope or materials. All proposals for new work should consider the retention of the detailing of the front facade and all remaining original detailing both externally and internally. There should be no painting of stonework or materials which did not originally have a paint finish although those materials originally painted such as render, may be repainted in complimentary colours. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in, and the form and massing of the building should not be compromised by alterations or additions.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201463523 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahraWW-49   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997804.0330Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710155


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