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The Gables

Item details

Name of item: The Gables
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 59 East Street, Lidcombe, NSW 2141
Parish: Liberty Plains
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Auburn
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
59 East StreetLidcombeAuburnLiberty PlainsCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This site has local historic significance as a unique example of a residence erected in the study area in the late nineteenth century. The residence became the home of Frederick Lidbury in 1892, who had become active in local government and was mayor of Rookwood on a number of occasions. The suburb was later named ‘Lidcombe’, after both Frederick Lidbury and Alexander Larcombe, both mayoral opponents.

The building is aesthetically significant as it provides a good, intact, rare example of a Victorian Gothic mansion erected in the municipality during this phase of development.The site also, through its character and location, provides evidence of the influence of transport routes and pastoral activity in the soon to be residential suburb of Auburn.
Date significance updated: 09 Aug 10
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Description

Construction years: 1876-1900
Physical description: External Materials: Rendered brick, decorative cement mouldings, timber detailing, ceramic roof tiles, shingles.

Internal Materials: Unseen.

Styles: Victorian Gothic

This two storey residence in the Victorian Gothic style features castellated turrets and pointed windows. A large bay projects from the facade in front of the front gable, featuring ornamentally carved barge boards, moulded bands and small shingled roof projection.

The residence features a tower at the entrance with similar features and castellations around the roof parapet. The roof of the remaining residence is a simple gable with projecting rendered brick chimneys with terra cotta chimney pots. The gable ends feature small projecting timber finials. The windows are generally tall and narrow with pointed arches.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The condition of the building is good.No modifications to the external fabric are evident, excepting the installation of electric signage to the first floor.
Date condition updated:04 Apr 11
Current use: Residence/ Reception Centre
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: The improved transportation infrastructure to the region, including rail and road networks, and the relocation of many industries and other utilities to Auburn resulted in a growth in residential development around the emerging town centres and within walking distance from the places of employment.

'The Gables' was described on a plan of the McNab's paddock subdivision in 1892 as a 'handsome' residence recently erected by Mr. McNab at a cost exceeding $2800. 'The land was purchased by the McNabs from the deceased estate of Father John Joseph Therry in 1868.

The residence became the home of Frederick Lidbury in 1892, who had become active in local government and was mayor of Rookwood on a number of occasions. The suburb was later named 'Lidcombe' ; after both Frederick Lidbury and Alexander Larcombe, both mayoral opponents. Lidbury named the residence 'Glenroy'. The residence has, in recent years, been used for wedding receptions and social functions and has been renamed 'The Gables'.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This site has local historic significance as a unique example of a residence erected in the study area in the late nineteenth century. The residence became the home of Frederick Lidbury in 1892, who had become active in local government and was mayor of Rookwood on a number of occasions. The suburb was later named ‘Lidcombe’, after both Frederick Lidbury and Alexander Larcombe, both mayoral opponents. The site also, through its character and location, provides evidence of the influence of transport routes and pastoral activity in the soon to be residential suburb of Auburn.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is aesthetically significant as it provides a good, intact, rare example of a Victorian Gothic mansion erected in the municipality during this phase of development.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The residence has, in recent years, been used for wedding receptions and social functions and has been renamed 'The Gables'.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The building is significant as it provides a good, intact, rare example of a Victorian Gothic mansion erected in the municipality during this phase of development.The residence became the home of Frederick Lidbury in 1892, who had become active in local government and was mayor of Rookwood on a number of occasions.
Integrity/Intactness: The building is significant as it provides a good, intact, rare example of a Victorian Gothic mansion erected in the municipality during this phase of development.
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:

Conserve the building by on-going use or appropriate re-use and maintain the fine garden setting. This building is important. A Conservation Plan should be prepared to guide any future alterations or upgrading.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAuburn Local Environmental Plan 2010I2629 Oct 10 14111411
Heritage studySchwager Brooks and Partners Auburn Heritage Study9-2-3-116   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Auburn Heritage Study19969-2-3-116Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty LtdSchwager Brooks No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1992Lidbury Plains: A History of Auburn N.S.W. Centenary Edition.
WrittenKass, T.1995Draft Historical Context Report: Auburn Heritage Study
WrittenMealing, K.1986The Roof Over Our Heads; A Bicentenary Project of the Auburn District Society.

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1030017


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