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Twilight House / Sheen

Item details

Name of item: Twilight House / Sheen
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8 York Street, Beecroft, NSW 2119
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8 York StreetBeecroftHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Fine example of an individual Federation design. Original essentially unaltered despite major additions to one side. One of the earlier houses built on the Field of Mars Common. Associated with the Herring family. Local significance.
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Physical description: Two-storey Federation style brick house. Steeply pitched terracotta tiled all gabled roof. Impressive large gable to front of house clad in timber. Incorporates a small bracketed bay window and circular balcony with timber balustrade at first floor level. Unusual tall brick chimneys with recessed brickwork and terracotta chimney pots. Dormer windows to roof. Brick arched entry below front gable and bay window beside. Double front door with sidelight. Casement windows with coloured panes. 1960s single storey brick addition to side with tiled roof and timber framed casement windows.


Historical notes: Sheen was built in 1898 by Lesley George Herring. A mixed orchard was planted around the new house. The estate included a property manager's cottage and a gardener/handyman's cottage which remain today (on separate parcels of land in Hannah Street and Chapman Avenue). Lesley Herring and his wife Kate moved to another property in 1914 and in 1924 the house became a home for the aged. Now known as 'Jamieson House'.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 201315527 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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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1780549

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