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Mv073 : Federation Weatherboard Cottage

Item details

Name of item: Mv073 : Federation Weatherboard Cottage
Other name/s: Hillside
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8 Hooper Street, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Parish: Hartley
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8 Hooper StreetMount VictoriaBlue Mountains HartleyCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

8 Hooper Street 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. 8 Hooper Street 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 6 Hooper Street. The cottage makes an important contribution to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 22 Jan 02
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Description

Physical description: 8 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 courses 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 window of the projecting front room is shaded by a bracketed canopy.

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 6 Hooper Street ("Stratford").
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential

History

Historical notes: The site of 8 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, and 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 8 Hooper Street was named "Hillside". 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 beginning of 1946 Lots 2 and 5 of the subdivision, including "Hillside", were sold to Myrtle Fidler, the wife of Joseph Bernard Fidler, a carrier of Mt Victoria. Evidently Joseph Fidler died (or the couple separated) not all that long after the property was bought, for Myrtle Fidler married Ronald Leslie Porteous on 16 December 1950.

On 5 July 1971 the title to Lot 5 was transferred to a company called Andruce Pty Limited while Myrtle Porteous held onto Lot 2, on which the house stood.
When she died around 1981 the property came under the jurisdiction of the Public Trustee, which sold it to Murray and Blye Groom around 1983.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
10 Hooper Street 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 8 Hooper Street 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]
8 Hooper Street is a good representative example of a Federation era cottage.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior of 8 Hooper Street is generally intact.
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 PlanLEP2005MV07307 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV073   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV073Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1946Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 5545 Folio 68
Written  Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1028 Folio 79
Written  Council Rate Records

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172096


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