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Belvedere

Item details

Name of item: Belvedere
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 116 Rooty Hill Road South, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
Parish: Rooty Hill
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Blacktown
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
116 Rooty Hill Road SouthRooty HillBlacktownRooty HillCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Belvedere is a good example of a Victorian Regency rural house featuring a symmetrical front and encircling bullnose verandah and one of a small number of surviving brick houses from the mid to late Victorian period in western Sydney. The house has some potential to yeild further information about construction date and methods through the protection of both the external and internal fabric of the place. The house has social significance through its association with the Lawson Family, particularly Dr Lawson who was one of the first doctors ion the district.

Belvedere has an association of more than 80 years with the Lawson family, in particular with Dr George Lawson who was the only local doctor in Rooty Hill.
Date significance updated: 09 Jan 13
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Description

Physical description: Belvedere is a single storey Victorian Regency brick style house located on the western side of Rooty Hill Road South. It has a large hipped roof of corrugated steel with dormer windows. A bullnosed verandah wraps around the house. The original entry on the north side of the building has a central doorcase with sidelights and a toplight flanked by double hung windows.

The Grounds around the house include a well and pump and retain the immediate house garden areas, invcuding a number of remnant rees from the 19th early 20th century period of the property, and later 1940's onwards garden plantings.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:17 Dec 15
Modifications and dates: Original entry on eastern side replaced by northern entry, Lawson period.
Attic constructed and two chimneys removed, Lawson period
1980s rear additions
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Samuel York, a station master, purchased an allotment of land at Rooty Hill in 1882. It is thought that he constructed the present house. Following York’s death in 1917, the property was sold to Alexander Leckie Elphinstone, a Sydney builder/architect. He sold the property in 1921 to Annie Graham who sold it to Dr George Langrigg Lawson in 1923.

Dr Lawson was born in England and had migrated to Australia. He served in the Imperial Bushman’s Contingent at the Boer War. After purchasing Belvedere in 1923 he moved there with his second wife Marjorie. The front two rooms of the house were used for his medical practice.

In 1937 George and Marjorie travelled to England with their son John Langrigg Curwen Lawson (b. 1926) returning to Australia in 1948. John completed his education in England, graduating from the Sandhurst Miltary College. On returning to Australia, John entered Sydney University to study Forestry but was forced to leave his studies when his father died. He became a successful builder and in 1959 married Elizabeth. John Lawson died in 1988, leaving the house to his wife.

John Lawson undertook extensive work to the house. He reversed all the external bricks, added a lounge and kitchen to the rear, constructed attic rooms with a stair leading from the rear of the house, and removed two chimneys.

It is not known who named the house Belvedere. The name was not used by the Lawson family.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Subdivision and urban growth-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Belvedere has historical significance to the rooty hill district as a remaining home from the victorian era of large country villas and farms located in Rooty Hill.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Belvedere has an association of more than 80 years with the Lawson family, in particular with Dr George Lawson who was the only local doctor in Rooty Hill.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Belvedere is a good example of a Victorian Regency rural house featuring a symmetrical front and encircling bullnose verandah.Belvedere also contains signficiant interiors due to the continued ownership of the property by the same family.

The grounds contain remaining gardne plantings from the 1940's era around earlier Tree plantings, which contirbute to its setting.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Belvedere has some potential to yeild further information about construction date and methods.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Belvedere is one of a small number of surviving brick houses from the mid to late Victorian period in western Sydney.
Integrity/Intactness: high internal and external
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAmend No 143 12 Apr 02 722262
Local Environmental Plan 10407 Jul 15 430 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blacktown Heritage Study1988 Jonathan Falk Planning Consultants in association with Rodney Jensen and Assoc.s  No
In House Heritage Items Review2009 Margaret Fallon  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenForm Architects (Aust) Pty Ltd2003Heritage Impact Assessment of proposed development at Belvedere, 116 Rooty Hill Road South, Rooty Hill

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1140119


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