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The Glen

Item details

Name of item: The Glen
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 16 Lilla Road, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
16 Lilla RoadPennant HillsHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Rare example of an early Federation period American Cottage style house. One of the earliest homes in the area. Unusual form with verandah to part of one facade. Integrity compromised by modifications. Associated with experiments in horticulture and also owned by one of the area's major storekeepers.
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Designer/Maker: William
Builder/Maker: Coward
Physical description: Two storey Federation period house. Simple rectangular plan. Hipped slate roof with narrow boxed eaves. Face brick walls. Tall corbelled brick chimneys with terracotta pots. Double-hung windows. Gable end with chimney. Balcony to part of one facade with iron roof timber posts and fretwork brackets. Dense garden obscures view from road.


Historical notes: Built for Henry Rawes Whittell a surveyor and inventor with interests in horticulture and botany. The original entrance was in Thornleigh Road (now Wongala Crescent). An experimental grove of tung-oil trees was grown on the property in the 1920's-30's. Whittell sold the property in 1904 and moved into the adjacent Braeside. The property was occupied by Harold Edgar Harvey in the early years of the century. He owned Harvey's Produce Store on Pennant Hills Road. By 1916 Harold's mother and sister Mabel were living at the Glen.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Agriculture-Activities relating to the cultivation and rearing of plant and animal species, usually for commercial purposes, can include aquaculture (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)-

Recommended management:


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHornsby Local Environmental Plan 201364227 Sep 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hornsby Shire Heritage Study1993 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdVM No

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Data source

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Database number: 1780217

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