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Sp030 : Bunda Antiques Gallery

Item details

Name of item: Sp030 : Bunda Antiques Gallery
Other name/s: Eringath
Primary address: 1-10 Railway Parade, Springwood, NSW 2777
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1-10 Railway ParadeSpringwoodBlue Mountains   Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The estate is an outstanding example of a wealthy Sydney businessman’s country retreat and philanthropic bequest to the Catholic church. The Bunda Antiques Gallery is a rare example of a Victorian Tudor style house in the Blue Mountains. The house has fine proportions and a distinctive crenellated front. The cast iron detailing to the verandah is echoed in the garden pavilion and south fence. The garden setting of the house is enhanced by the elements of folly including the tower, pavilion and slab shed. Additions to the house have enhanced the character of the site.
Date significance updated: 08 Jan 00
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Description

Physical description: Bunda Antiques Gallery is a 1-2 storey sandstone building in the Victorian Tudor style set well back from Railway Parade. It is sited on the higher part of a large site. To the east is a substantial garden planted with numerous species of native and exotic trees. A large circular brick tower is located to the east of the house and a gabled garage is at the rear (north) of the house. A slab shed is located west of the rear wing of the house. The house is approached by a long drive on the west boundary of the site leading to a paved terrace.

House
The house has a single storey main wing with a symmetrical front to Railway Parade. The east side of the main wing has an undercroft created by the fall of the site to the east. A 2 storey rear wing is terminated by a turreted tower.

The main wing of the house has a crenellated parapet with a plain frieze panel. The central entry is marked by a generous archway in the castellated breakfront flanked by a verandah with a single slope roof which returns around the east and west sides of the house. Arches either side of the entry porch lead to the side verandahs.

The verandahs have turned timber columns, cast iron valance and balustrade and beaded battens.
A 4 panel front door has a toplight and sidelights. The 2 over 2 pane double hung windows opening to the south verandah have a centurion flap valance, suggesting that they had external venetian blinds. French doors with fanlights open to the east verandah.

The west verandah has been infilled (c.1900) with walls rendered in ashlar.

A rear (south) wing has a hipped roof. The eastern verandah extends along the east side of the rear wing.

Tower
A tall brick tower, built as a garden folly, with a crenellated parapet and brick walls with pointed arched windows. The windows have cream brick quoins. A horizontal flagpole on the south side marks the door.

A cast iron spiral stair provides access to the upper floor balcony. The balcony has a cast iron balustrade.

Garden Pavilion
A pyramidal roofed pavilion in the south garden with a corrugated steel roof, twisted cast iron columns, cast iron frieze and balustrade.

Slab shed
The slab shed is a simple shed with vertical timber slabs and a roof formed from half a rainwater tank.

Fence
The boundary to Railway Parade is marked by a sandstone retaining wall which extends to a low stone fence with twisted cast iron posts and cast iron panels. Large rendered gate piers at the west end of the boundary have wrought steel gates.

A terraced lawn on axis with the entry to the house gives a view from the house to Springwood gatekeeper's cottage.

An araucaria is planted adjacent to the front gates. Cupressus and pinus radiata are planted on the west boundary.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:20 Dec 99
Modifications and dates: Iron lace replaced c.1970s
Rear wing extended and castellated tower at north end added c. 1970s
East verandah to rear wing infilled c1970s
Gabled garage in rear yard
Terrace on east side with undercroft
Current use: Residence and Antiques Gallery
Former use: Residence and school

History

Historical notes: Eringarth was built in 1881-3 by a Sydney businessman called Lawler. Lawler’s daughters both became Sisters of St Joseph and the Catholic order inherited the estate from Lawler in 1926. It was used as a Catholic school and home until 1969. During these four decades the house, folly and gardens were poorly maintained and the property was diminished in size. From 7 acres it shrank to 3 acres, with the sale of 1 acre to the railway and the alienation of 3 acres to the north of the highway as industrial sites. The property is now owned by Robert and Veronica Bunda and operates as an exclusive antiques business.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The estate is an outstanding example of a wealthy Sydney businessman’s country retreat and philanthropic bequest to the Catholic church.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Bunda Antiques Gallery is a rare example of a Victorian Tudor style house in the Blue Mountains. The house has fine proportions and a distinctive crenellated front. The cast iron detailing to the verandah is echoed in the garden pavilion and south fence. The garden setting of the house is enhanced by the elements of folly including the tower, pavilion and slab shed.
Additions to the house have enhanced the character of the site.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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 PlanLEP2005SP03007 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study SP030   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blue Mountains Heritage Study1983SP030Croft & Associates Pty Ltd & Meredith Walker  Yes
Heritage Study Review, Blue Mountains1992SP030Tropman and TropmanRIJ & PH Yes
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008SP030Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History 1999Interview with Robert Bunda, owner, 4 November

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1170165


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