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Mv072 : Stratford

Item details

Name of item: Mv072 : Stratford
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 6 Hooper Street, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Parish: Hartley
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 Hooper StreetMount VictoriaBlue Mountains HartleyCookPrimary Address
Milson StreetMount VictoriaBlue Mountains   Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

"Stratford" is one of three dwellings that were erected in 1916 or 1917 by Henry and Annie Butler for investment purposes, most probably as holiday accommodation for tourists, and may furnish evidence of the continuing importance and consolidation of Mt Victoria as a tourist resort during the early twentieth century. "Stratford" is a representative and intact example of a Federation era cottage, the exterior of which contains some distinctive detail and is similar in form and detailing to 8 Hooper Street. The cottage makes an important contribution to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 22 Jan 02
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Description

Physical description: 6 Hooper Street is a single storey double fronted cottage with a hipped roof covered with corrugated iron and external wall linings comprised of rusticated timber weatherboards. The projecting front room has a gabled roof, and a verandah with a corrugated iron roof with a bullnosed profile extends across the rest of the front of the house. There are several copurses of timber shingles within the gable. The verandah roof is supported off timber posts mounted on steel stirrups and has a timber floor. A substantial brick chimney rises above the southern side of the house. Windows are generally timber framed double hung sashes. The windows of the projecting front room is shaded by a bracketed canopy, as are windows on the northern side of the building. The rear of the house has been enlarged by means of a skillion roofed extension that is clad in lapped timber weatherboards.

The house contains some distinctive decorative details, including fretted verandah valances, fretted boards beneath window sills and weatherboards that are coursed to resemble stone across the front of the house.

The cottage is similar in form and detailing to No 8 Hooper Street.

History

Historical notes: The site of 6 Hooper Street was originally part of Henry Bell's grant of land.

By 1916 what is now 6-10 Hooper Street was owned by Henry and Annie Butler of Mt Victoria. By 1917 they had built three houses on the land, and by the beginning of the 1920s had subdivided it into separate allotments. The house at 6 Hooper Street was named "Stratford". The Butlers apparently built the houses as an investment, and the family held onto them for a number of years after Mr Butler died, around 1924. Around the middle of 1949 "Stratford" was purchased by Sarah Elizabeth Bowden the wife of Walter Guy Bowden, who was a motor mechanic of Mt Victoria.

In 1966 the house became the property of Claude Bowden and Ruby Wood, who may have been the children of Sarah and Walter Bowden. Shortly after it passed to Selina Wright. (LTO 6019-40 and 12636-104)

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
"Stratford" is one of three dwellings that were erected in 1916 or 1917 by Henry and Annie Butler for investment purposes, most probably as holiday accommodation for tourists. This may furnish evidence of the continuing importance and consolidation of Mt Victoria as a tourist resort during the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The exterior of "Stratford" contains some distinctive detail, and demonstrates how builders in the early years of the twentieth century exploited the decorative potential of timber to impart character and individuality to generic dwellings.

8 Hooper Street is a component of the group of buildings at 6-10 Hooper Street, and is similar in form and detailing to 6 Hooper Street. It makes an important contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
"Stratford" is a good representative example of a Federation era cottage.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior of "Stratford" is generally intact. Additions at the rear of the cottage do not obscure its original form or important decorative detailing.
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 PlanLEP2005MV07207 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV072   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV072Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1974Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 12636 Folio 104
Written 1949Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 6019 Folio 40
Written  Council Rate Records

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172095


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