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Dwelling

Item details

Name of item: Dwelling
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8-10 Mary Street, Auburn, NSW 2144
Parish: Liberty Plains
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Auburn
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8-10 Mary StreetAuburnAuburnLiberty PlainsCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The site has local historic significance as a rare example of a suburban residence erected in the study area in the early twentieth century on a block relatively close to the town centre. It has aesthetic significance as a good rare example of a large residence, erected in the municipality during the First World War and Inter War Years. The original fabric of the building is intact and it has attractive and interesting decorative detail.
Date significance updated: 11 Jan 10
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Description

Construction years: 1901-1950
Physical description: External Materials: Rendered brick and stone, terracotta tiling, decorative iron, timber joinery.
Internal Materials: Unseen.
Styles: Inter War Georgian Revival.

This two storey residence fronts onto Mary Street, Auburn. It has a simple, rectangular massing with a symmetrical street facade featuring an entrance portico in the classical order. The entrance portico features a moulded entablature with decorative pediment. The corners of the building are quoined. Paned, double hung windows with timber frames are situated at regular intervals in the facade and a small pair of french doors open onto the balcony over the entrance portico.

The windows have moulded sills and small, moulded projecting entablatures with brackets. The balcony features a decorative iron balustrade, similar in style to the iron detailing of the low boundary wall around the site. This low wall features a central gateway, leading directly to the entrance portico behind. Two tall palm trees are situated either side of the entrance portico in the front yard. A garage forms part of the ground floor, entered from the side of the building. It is set forward from the main residence, forming a bay in the side wall.

A small gateway, off the street, leads to the rear yard of the building. A tall, narrow, rendered brick chimney is situated in the side wall of the building. The roof is hipped and clad in terracotta tiles. A small dormer window is situated in the eastern hip of the roof.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
It is in good condition.Very few modifications to this residence are evident. The entrance lighting on the columns of the portico may be an addition. The roof tiling may have been replaced, along with the side downpipe. The building has been repainted. Some staining to the render is evident at the rear of the building.
Date condition updated:04 Apr 11
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: The Inter War Years comprised of periods of both economic prosperity and stringency, especially during the Great Depression, and both such conditions were reflected in the architectural fabric of Auburn. During the 1920's a number of residences were erected in 'Californian Bungalow' style, based on the 'Federation Bungalow', with many features borrowed from Californian originals.

After the Great Depression, in the early 1930's building activity was considerably slowed, an only the simplest of structures were erected. This residence in Mary Street appears to be an exception to these trends. It would have been constructed in the late 1920's or early 1930's. It was the residence of a prominent local doctor, Dr. Lawson. The ground floor was used for waiting rooms and a surgery with the residence upstairs. The boundary fence appears to be original, suggesting that the residence was not situated on a larger block. A very elderly Mrs. Lawson may still reside in the house.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site has local historic significance as a rare example of a suburban residence erected in the study area in the early twentieth century on a block relatively close to the town centre.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
It has aesthetic significance as a good example of a large residence, erected in the municipality during the First World War and Inter War Years. The original fabric of the building is intact and it has attractive and interesting decorative detail.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
It is a good rare example of a large residence, erected in the municipality during the First World War and Inter War Years.
Integrity/Intactness: The original fabric of the building is 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.

Recommended management:

This building has heritage merit. Future alterations should respect the external architectural integrity and important internal features.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAuburn Local Environmental Plan 2010I1029 Oct 10 14111413
Heritage studySchwager Brooks and Partners Auburn Heritage Study8-3-3-101   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Auburn Heritage Study19968-3-3-101Schwager Brooks and Partners Pty LtdSchwager Brooks No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenKass T.1995Draft Historical Context Report: Auburn Heritage Study.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1030038


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