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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Residence, Roslare
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 34 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, NSW 2045
Local govt. area: Inner West
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
34 Ramsay StreetHaberfieldInner West  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A fine example of the Queen Anne style of architecture, probably designed by D Wormal, Richard Stanton s architect for the Haberfield Estate (see Information Notes below, note 4). It is an unusual design and exemplifies the high standard that Stanton prescribed for houses in the Estate. The property was also occupied by the one family for most of its life.
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Physical description: The competent design of this house suggests that it was the work of an architect, probably D Wormal, StantonÕs architect for the Haberfield Property Company.(3) It is a fine single-storeyed brick residence designed in the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The facade brickwork is tuckpointed. The hipped roof is slate, trimmed with terra cotta including crested ridges, and has exposed rafter feet. To one side a bay projects towards the street, with a roughcast base and an ample six-light bay window surmounted by a shingled gable having a decorative panel-and-batten apex. The windows have casement sashes and bullnose sills. The chimneys are roughcast with brick decoration. The unusual verandah has a skillion roof which continues down from the main roof plane. The verandah has elegant paired brackets and paired posts supported on piers rising from inverted-arch balustrade bays, and a tiled floor. The restored front fence is constructed with timber pickets and top rails, on a bullnose brick plinth. The gates match this design. From the front gate a curved path of tiles leads to the front steps, which have slate treads. There is a side driveway of concrete strips, leading to a rear free-standing garage.(4) The garden is completely grassed.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
As observed from the street : Intact
Modifications and dates:
Further information: (1) The building application has not been found. Many BAs from the Haberfield Property Co were poorly recorded. (2) Details of owners and valuations are found in the rate books and the Valuer-General s records in the Archives of Ashfield Council. Details of occupants are given in the annual Sands Directory. (3) See the booklet Haberfield Estate, published by Stanton & Son (no date, but c 1904), p 6 (A copy is in the National Library of Australia). Note that his name is given as Wormal, not Wormald as appears to be wrongly used. Stanton described him as an architect of repute, with English and Continental experience. (4) An earlier photograph of the side driveway looking towards the garage can be seen in Ashfield at Federation (ADHS, 2001) p 168.

Current use: Residential


Historical notes: This property is in the Haberfield No 2 Subdivision. On the H E C Robinson map of Ashfield North- East Ward (undated, but from c 1910) this site, in common with most of those facing Ramsay Street, is outside the area of the subdivision called ÔResidential District No 13Õ. It is assumed that this early example of land zoning provided for commercial-retail development along these main roads. The site was valued in 1908 and rated in 1910 as vacant land, owned by the Haberfield Property Company. By 1911 this house had been built and was bought from the company and occupied by Sydney Albert Lord.(1) Lord owned the property until 1958, when the owner and occupier was recorded as Miss Margaret Lucy Lord. In that year the improved valuation was given as £6,250.(2)


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAshfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 23 Dec 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ashfield Heritage Study Review200111963Bob Irving  Yes

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Database number: 1020329

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