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K095 : Soper Chambers

Item details

Name of item: K095 : Soper Chambers
Primary address: 118 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
118 Katoomba StreetKatoombaBlue Mountains   Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Criterion (a): Natural and Cultural History
Estate agents are disproportionately significant in a holiday resort like Katoomba, where there is a constant trade in leasing holiday flats and commercial premises, as well as the usual business of buying and selling residences. Soper Chambers, still today advertising its origins on its frieze, has high local significance as one of the premises built by and for a prominent real estate firm.

Criterion (b): Association with persons
Soper Chambers is a quite exceptional example of Blue Mountains premises built by a local firm of real estate agents and still, after 80 years, occupied by the same firm.

Criterion (c): Aesthetic
Soper Chambers is a good intact example of an inter-war stripped classical façade featuring fine bichromatic brick detailing.

Criterion (g): Demonstrating Principal Characteristics.
Soper Chambers is a good intact example of an inter-war stripped classical façade featuring fine bichromatic brick detailing.
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Description

Construction years: 1921-1921
Physical description: Soper Chambers is a two-storey inter-war stripped classical style building facing west to Katoomba Street. The building has a parapet wall to the first floor built of bichromatic brickwork.

The façade is divided into three bays with engaged brick pilasters. The side bays each have a single double hung window; the central bay has three windows divided by single brick mullions in stack bond. The window sashes each have 6 panes.

Above the windows, the frieze panel is defined by simple brick cornices and features panels framed by lighter toned brickwork, the central panel containing the name of "SOPER CHAMBERS".
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:25 Mar 01
Modifications and dates: c.1980s shopfront
Current use: Real Estate
Former use: Real Estate

History

Historical notes: Miss Kate Kelly, a local resident, who later moved to Sydney and Hornsby, built several speculative commercial premises in Katoomba Street around 1910. The entire area from nos 1 10 to 126 was in Miss Kelly's hands until 1921. The central portion, nos 118 to 120, was the only part on which she built no premises. The purchasers in 1921 were the local estate agents, Soper Brothers, who had been leasing the next- door offices, 112 to 114, from Miss Kelly since before World War 1. Soper Brothers at once built the present Soper Chambers and continued to own and occupy the building after 80 years (Rate Books).

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 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]
Estate agents are disproportionately significant in a holiday resort like Katoomba, where there is a constant trade in leasing holiday flats and commercial premises, as well as the usual business of buying and selling residences. Soper Chambers, still today advertising its origins on its frieze, has high local significance as one of the premises built by and for a prominent real estate firm.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Soper Chambers is a good intact example of an inter-war stripped classical façade featuring fine bichromatic brick detailing.
Integrity/Intactness: Reasonable
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:

Remove extraneous signage to parapet. Retain sign in parapet wall Do not paint brickwork.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLEP2005K09507 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study K095   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Review Katoomba Leura2001K095Jack, Hubert, Morris, LavelleRIJ; PH Yes
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008K095Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Katoomba Rate Books

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1170423


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