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Auburn Baptist Church

Item details

Name of item: Auburn Baptist Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 16 Harrow Road, Auburn, NSW 2144
Parish: Liberty Plains
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Auburn
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
16 Harrow RoadAuburnAuburnLiberty PlainsCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Baptist Church building has local historic and social significance as having served as a community resource since 1928. The building is also significant for the evidence it provides of the nature of suburban development in the Federation / Inter War period. In particular they provide evidence of the development of local social and cultural institutions to accompany the notable residential growth of the period.

The Church building has aesthetic significance as a representative example of a suburban Inter War Romanesque Church and externally it appears to retain much of its original character and fabric.
Date significance updated: 06 Jan 10
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Description

Builder/Maker: Messrs. A.N. And W. Dawes
Construction years: 1926-1950
Physical description: External Materials: Face brick, cement render, terra-cotta tiles, stained glass.

Internal Materials: Unseen.

Styles: Inter War Romanesque.

This dark brick, two storey high church is picturesquely located in Harrow Road. It has a moderately low pitched gable roof over the main building with a large four storey tower to one side of the main entrance. The walls feature a number of buttresses as well as red brick string courses. A number of round arched openings are positioned in the front wall of the church. The entrance is marked by a large corbelled brick arch.

Above this entrance is situated a large arched window containing metal framed stained glass. The gable end of the main roof, between the projecting buttresses, and the eaves below the roof of the tower feature machicolation motifs. The tower itself is adorned with a large rendered moulding extending almost its full height, defining the small, stained glass window openings on each storey and emphasising the verticality of the tower. Two arches terminate this moulding just below the eave height. The church is set back from the street boundary with a path and series of cement steps leading to the entrance.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The Church does not appear to have been modified since construction, with the exception of the possible replacement of the double front doors. The low wall on the street boundary is a later addition to the site, as well as the signage in the foreground.
Date condition updated:28 Feb 11
Current use: Church
Former use: Church

History

Historical notes: Around 1888 the Baptist families of Auburn were meeting in private homes as places of worship. It was soon decided by the denomination to build a Church. The first ceremony took place in the Congregational Hall in Park Road. The Manager of the Sydney Meat Preserving Company soon placed the School Hall at the disposal of the Church.

A small structure was erected around 1899 to operate as a Baptist Church. This is presumed to have been a weatherboard structure. Soon after, the Church was extended and a Manse was built.

Early in 1928 plans were prepared for a new Church with seating for 500 worshippers. The new Church was opened in 1928 by the first candidate for Baptism.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Baptist Church building has local historic and social significance as having served as a community resource since 1928.
The building is also significant for the evidence it provides of the nature of suburban development in the Federation / Inter War period.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Church building has aesthetic significance as a representative example of a suburban Inter War Romanesque Church and externally it appears to retain much of its original character and fabric.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
In particular it provides evidence of the development of local social and cultural institutions to accompany the notable residential growth of the period.
Integrity/Intactness: The Church does not appear to have been modified since construction, with the exception of the possible replacement of the double front doors. The low wall on the street boundary is a later addition to the site, as well as the signage in the foreground.
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. This building is imortatn. 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 2010I229 Oct 10 14111411
Heritage studySchwager Brooks and Partners Auburn Heritage Study8-3-4-106   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Auburn Heritage Study19968-3-4-106Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty LtdSchwager Brooks No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1992Liberty Plains: A History of Auburn N.S.W. Centenary Edition.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1030021


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