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Orama [Item 102]

Item details

Name of item: Orama [Item 102]
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 16 Selborne Street, Burwood, NSW 2134
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Burwood
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
16 Selborne StreetBurwoodBurwoodConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 16 Selborne Street, Burwood has historic and aesthetic significance as a very good intact example of single storey plus attic early c. 1900s house designed in the Federation Bungalow style. The building retains its original form, character and detailing including a symmetrical front facade, dormer window, entry gable, verandah with timber detailing, rendered brickwork, timber framed casement windows and timber panelled front door with sidelight. Despite the addition of a two car garage at the front, the building and garden makes a good contribution to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 29 May 14
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Description

Construction years: 1918-1918
Physical description: ‘Orama’ is a single storey plus attic early c.1900s Federation Bungalow with steep pitched terracotta tiled gable ended roof with terracotta tiled ridge cresting and brick chimney. The front facade is symmetrical and constructed of rendered brickwork. The roof continues at a lower pitch over the verandah which features a central small entrance gable. The front verandah is supported on turned timber posts on a timber base with a decorative timber frieze. Other details include a timber panelled entry door with sidelight, bay windows with timber framed casement windows with coloured glass panels and fanlights and a shingled base and a small central gabled dormer window with shingle cladding and timber framed casement windows with coloured glass panels.

A modern two car garage has been built forward of the building line designed with a similar gable tiled roofline.

There is a brick paved front path and driveway on the western side of the property. The front street boundary has a timber picket fence with brick piers and tall timber entry gates. There is a large front garden with lawn, plants, hedges and trees

Modifications
Addition of a double garage and replacement of the original front fence.

History

Historical notes: The first land grants in the Burwood district included those to Thomas Rowley in c.1799 and William Faithful in c.1808. In c.1812, Rowley’s ‘Burwood Farm’ was bought by Alexander Riley, who built the first house in the district, ‘Burwood Villa’ in c.1814.

Early activity in the area included farming activities, collection of timber and the development of service industries along Parramatta and Liverpool Roads. A railway was constructed in c.1855 to link Sydney and Parramatta, with Burwood being one of the six stops. It became a passenger service for the wealthy city businessmen who lived in villa estates. A village subdivision was laid out around the railway line in c.1854 and the area remained relatively open. Through to c. 1880’s, a number of gentleman’s estates were established in and around Burwood.

By c.1895 the villa estates had largely been subdivided. Burwood remained an attractive railway suburb of gentlemen’s residences and during the following two decades its character as a garden suburb developed as there was limited industrial development in the area, but there was a variety of service industries as well as some modest homes.

In Australia Federation style architecture exhibits qualities that are similar from English models from which it drew inspiration. Buildings in this style are domestic in scale and use traditional vernacular motifs to achieve informality of planning, massing, fenestration and landscaping.

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. Garden Suburbs-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site and building is of local historical significance as part of an early subdivision and Federation period of development in the local area constructed in early c. 1900s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is of local aesthetic significance as a very good intact example of single storey plus attic early c. 1900s house designed in the Federation Bungalow style. The building retains its original form, character and detailing including a symmetrical front façade, entry gable, verandah with timber detailing, rendered brickwork, timber framed casement windows and timber panelled front door with sidelight.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The building is a very good representative example of a single storey plus attic Federation Bungalow style house constructed in the early c. 1900s.
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:

[a] Architectural detailing and decorative elements of the building should be conserved. [b] The form, scale and character of the building, together with its curtilage and streetscape presentation should be maintained. [c] No new openings i.e. windows and doors should be made to the front facade of the building. [d] Any future additions should be generally confined to the rear of the building and should be subordinate to the principal building form.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanBurwood LEP 2012i10209 Nov 12   
Local Environmental PlanOrama001921 Jul 89 844570
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Burwood Heritage study19861.71Fox & Associates Architects/Planners Sydney  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1250073


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