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Park Street Streetscape Group

Item details

Name of item: Park Street Streetscape Group
Type of item: Conservation Area
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 2-8 Park Street, Bellingen, NSW 2454
Local govt. area: Bellingen
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2-8 Park StreetBellingenBellingen  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Good row of 1920's houses. Among the best local examples of the period. No 2 has individual historic and aesthetic interest. No's 6 and 8 form a good pair and No 4 completes the row. The group is unified by its consistent front and side setbacks, materials, broad low pitched roofs, period form and styling, front verandahs and landscaping. Increased streetscape potential with reinstatement of original verandah to No 4.
Fine example of a late 1920's house, based on earlier Federation models. One of a row of good houses from the period (see record for group). This building has special historic interest as the home of Dr George Hewitt, an important local personality. He was particularly notable for his influence on the selection and planting of local street trees. The house is set to advantage on its prominent corner site. Essentially unaltered, down to its distinguished original picket fence.
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Construction years: 1927-
Physical description: Row of four houses on large allotments. No 2 is on the corner of Prince Street. It is a Late Federation design and is separately recorded as an individual item.
No's 6 and 8 are very similar in many respects particular in the form of their front facades. They differ somewhat in their detailing. Both are symmetrical with low pitched roofs. Each has a front facing gambrel and a verandah returning to the sides. On 6 the verandah roof is separate and returns are terminated by side gabled projections. 8 has an encircling verandah and a single roof structure. Both are on sloping blocks with an elevated front basement area. No 6 features decorative verandah brackets and a strap work balustrade. Its front windows are of special note, with coloured panes and offset mullions, all set in an unusual curving bay. No 8 has shingled balustrading on its corners and the centre section between appears slightly recessed. Both have large well landscaped grounds. No 6 has a masonry fence now completely covered in vines.
No 4 (Boronia) completes the row. It is a simple Bungalow design with a single large front facing gable. It has a front skillion verandah, now enclosed. It also enjoys extensively planted grounds.
The group is unified by the uniformity of setback, architectural period, raised front verandahs and landscaping.
No 2: Large house, best described as Late Federation. Weatherboard and fibro construction with iron roof. Corner design with gabled projections on each frontage. Verandah extends around corner between. Projections are of different size and treatment, the larger facing Prince Street. The pyramidal main roof is dominant and extends down over the verandah. Paired verandah posts with decorative brackets. Fibro balustrade. Each bay now has roll down blinds. Window hood below gable to Park Street. Sloping site with basement raised on brick piers. Original picket fence with detached top rail. Well planted garden areas.
Modifications and dates: No 2 appears little altered. Blinds to verandah are quite in keeping with the building and the area. No alterations apparent. Blinds to verandah are quite in keeping. Otherwise original down to front fence.
No 4 has its front verandah closed in and an unsympathetic modern treatment to the basement area below.
No 6 is spoiled by solar heaters and a bricked in basement area. Also has an unsympathetic verandah enclosure on its eastern side.
No 8 has had its original openings replaced and reglazed.
Further information: Site visit 2009: all in good condition; relatively unchanged; No 6 has hedging removed and evidence of re-piping; No 4 has an addition to the side closest to No 6, however, unobtrusive and sympathetic. No 2 has slotted balustrade added to lower foundations; all windows and doors retained; rear roof line is extended to create patio area, sympathetic in design; new roofing; fencing and blinds retained.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: No 2 was built in 1927. Occupied from 1930 by Dr George Hewitt as his home and surgery. Dr Hewitt was responsible for the selection and planting of most of Bellingen's street trees. The other buildings would all date from the same period.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically significant locally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant locally.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is assessed as socially significant locally.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: This item is assessed as socially significant by association locally.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanBLEP 2010I7206 Aug 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bellingen Heritage Study1991BG0015, BG0016Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  No

References, internet links & images

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1110015

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