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K140 : Kapsalie

Item details

Name of item: K140 : Kapsalie
Other name/s: Cheltenham; Katoomba Tourist Information Office
Primary address: 157 Lurline Street, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
157 Lurline StreetKatoombaBlue Mountains   Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Critierion (a): Cultural and Natural History
Kapsalie is a representative example of World War I residences in Katoomba.

Criterion (b): Persons
The house has significance as bearing the name of the home town in Greece of one of the prominent Greek families in the Katoomba catering trade.

Criterion (c): Aesthetic
Kapsalie is a fine federation bungalow that retains its sandstone and wrought steel street fencing and garden paths. The two distinct entries to the house have additional interest, suggesting a professional use of the front room.

Criterion (g): Representativeness
Kapsalie is a fine example of a federation bungalow house.
Date significance updated: 20 Jun 01
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Description

Construction years: 1915-1916
Physical description: Kapsalie is a fine single storey federation bungalow. It has a hipped slate roof with crenellated terracotta ridging and rams horn finials. A gable, with a timber gable screen, features on the right side of the east (Lurline Street) elevation. A verandah is on the left side of the east elevation. Its roof is an extension of the main roof slope and returns into the wall at the south end. Another verandah is on the north elevation. An entry porch is on the south side of the building and also has a roof extended from the main roof slope then hipped to return into the wall. A gablet on the east side of the roof has a timber vent. The rafters are exposed.

The walls of the house are tuckpointed red brickwork with roughcast used on the east gable. Bands of liver brick feature at sill level.

The gable front has a bay window with leadlight casements and toplights with a skillion slate roof on timber brackets. A pair of casement windows with toplights open to the east verandah. The front door leads from the north side of the east verandah directly into the front room in the gabled wing, suggesting this may have been a separate entry to an office.

The east verandah and the south porch have timber posts and brackets and brickwork balustrades. The south porch has a screen of casement windows on the west side.

The street boundary is marked by a fine rockfaced sandstone fence with wrought steel posts linked by steel chains. The gateposts are sandstone piers with pyramidal tops. A curved concrete path leads to the south porch with a secondary path leading to the front verandah.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:20 Jun 01
Modifications and dates: North verandah infilled with brickwork
Current use: Local Tourist Office
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: The cottage now known as Kapsalie was built in 1915-6 by Mrs Fanny Allibone as her own residence. In 1919, however, Mrs Allibone sold her house, called Cheltenham, to John Henderson, the Katoomba draper, who lived there for six years before moving to the city and selling the house to Victor Bell, a Bathurst Road butcher (Rate Books; Country Trades Register 1923, 122-3). After Bell’s death, his widow sold the property to Charles Cheng, an importer, and his wife Sonia, who occupied the house in 1940 but soon sold it to George and Jack Varipatis.

The Varipatis brothers were part of a Katoomba group of Greek cafe owners, along with the Poulos and Simos families: they had been running Aroney’s Cafe at 54 Katoomba Street since 1937 and specialised in fish (Rate Books). The Varipatis family renamed 157 Lurline Street after their Greek home-town of Kapsalie (Tourist Officer 2001) and the house retains this name today, although the building now houses the Katoomba Tourist Information Office.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Migration-Activities and processes associated with the resettling of people from one place to another (international, interstate, intrastate) and the impacts of such movements (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]
Kapsalie is a representative example of World War I residences in Katoomba. The house has significance as bearing the name of the home town in Greece of one of the prominent Greek families in the Katoomba catering trade.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Kapsalie is a fine federation bungalow that retains its sandstone and wrought steel street fencing and garden paths. The two distinct entries to the house have additional interest, suggesting a professional use of the front room.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Kapsalie is a fine example of a federation bungalow house.
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 PlanLEP2005K14007 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study K140   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Review Katoomba Leura2001K140Jack, Hubert, Morris, LavelleRIJ; PH Yes
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008K140Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Katoomba Rate Books
Oral HistoryKatoomba Information Officer, 157 Lurline Street2001Interview, 4 May
WrittenMerchants and Traders Association1923Country Trades Register

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1170475


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