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Mv075 : Federation Cottage Group

Item details

Name of item: Mv075 : Federation Cottage Group
Other name/s: Stratford (No. 6)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 6-10 Hooper Street, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Parish: Hartley
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6-10 Hooper StreetMount VictoriaBlue Mountains HartleyCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The group of dwellings comprising 6-10 Hooper Street 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. Both 6 and 8 Hooper Street are representative and intact examples of Federation era cottages, the exteriors of which contain some distinctive detail and are similar in form and detailing. Although 10 Hooper Street has been extensively modified it shares important visual and historical associations with the neighbouring dwellings at 6 and 8 Hooper Streets.
Date significance updated: 22 Jan 02
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Description

Physical description: 6 and 8 Hooper Streets are single storey double fronted cottages with a hipped roof covered with corrugated iron and external wall linings comprised of rusticated timber weatherboards. Their projecting front rooms have a gabled roof, and a verandah with a corrugated iron roof with a bullnosed profile extends across the rest of the front of the houses. The verandah roofs are supported off timber posts and have timber floors. Substantial brick chimneys rise above the southern side of the houses. Windows are generally timber framed double hung sashes. The windows of the projecting front rooms are shaded by a bracketed canopy, as are windows on the northern side of 6 Hooper Street. The rear of 6 Hooper Street has been enlarged by means of a skillion roofed extension that is clad in lapped timber weatherboards. Both houses contain 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 houses.

10 Hooper Street is a relatively substantial single storey dwelling with a prominent hipped roof and a verandah extending across its front. Walls are generally lined externally with rusticated timber weatherboards, although the walls along the western side of the dwelling appear to have been lined with smooth fibre cement sheeting or similar. A small gabled porch projects from the middle of the verandah; both the posts supporting the porch and the roof over the verandah are chamfered and appear to be original fabric, although any brackets and fringes that may have been part of the structure have been removed. Two skylights have been installed in the southern plane of the roof. Windows contain timber framed sashes in a variety of configurations. The skillion roofed extension at the rear of the building, skylights and the carport located to one side of it are recent modifications.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential

History

Historical notes: The site of 6-10 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", while that at No 8 was known as "Hillside" and No. 10 was called "Bungalow". 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)

Around the beginning of 1946 Lots 2 and 5 of the subdivision, including "Hillside" (No. 8), 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.

Around 1942 "The Bungalow", as No. 10 was then called, was sold to Harold and Ada Leggo of Bankstown. Harold Leggo was employed as a storekeeper. The couple mortgaged the property to the Commercial Bank of Australia 30 July 1948, then in July 1951 sold it to Thomas Edward Whittingham, a floor sander of Mt Victoria, and his wife Raye. In 1981 the property was purchased by Robert James Wilson, then in 1987 or the beginning of 1988 sold to Leonard and Linda Fryer.

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]
The houses 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 exteriors of No. 6 and No. 8 Hooper Street contain some distinctive detail, and demonstrate how builders in the early years of the twentieth century exploited the decorative potential of timber to impart character and individuality to generic dwellings.

6 and 8 Hooper Street are similar in form and detailing, and make an important contribution to the streetscape.

Although 10 Hooper Street has retained its early form and some early fabric, it has been extensively modified. However, it has important visual associations with the neighbouring dwellings at 6 and 8 Hooper Streets.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
6 and 8 Hooper Streets are good representative examples of Federation era cottages.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior of 6 and 8 Hooper Street are generally intact. Additions at the rear of 6 Hooper Street do not obscure its original form or important decorative detailing. The aesthetic significance of 10 Hooper Street has been lessened by modifications that have taken place to its fabric.
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 PlanLEP2005MV07507 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV075   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV075Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1974Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 12636 Folio104
Written 1949Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 6019 Folio 40
Written 1946Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 5545 Folio 68
Written 1946Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 5542 Folio154
Written  Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1028 Folio 79
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: 1172151


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