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Semi-detached Dwellings and Garden, Falston

Item details

Name of item: Semi-detached Dwellings and Garden, Falston
Other name/s: No. 26 Was Known As Falston
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 24-26 High Street, Kogarah, NSW 2217
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
24-26 High StreetKogarahKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

24-26 High Street, Kogarah is significant at a Local for its aesthetic value, contribution to the streetscape and historic value. These substantially intact, Federation period tuck pointed brick semi-detached dwellings are notable for their high quality timber verandah detailing. They make a valuable contribution to the streetscape, and although their integrity has been somewhat compromised by unsympathetic alterations, they are still remain able to be conserved and provide quality tangible evidence of the historical development of the Bayview Park Estate.
Date significance updated: 23 Feb 12
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Construction years: 1915-
Physical description: 24-26 High Street is a pair of semi-detached brick and tile early twentieth century dwellings. Displaying symmetrical massing, the buildings have a terra cotta tiled hip roof with terra cotta hip and ridge capping. The original street facing hipped roof plane transitions to a skillion verandah roof supported on a timber beam, with square stop-chamfered timber posts and decorative timber brackets. The front roof plane also has a small gablet centred on the party wall which has an original timber bargeboard, finial and roughcast finish. Verandah posts are set on original brick balustrades which have rendered caps. Both ends of the verandah and dividing wall, have brick fin walls decorated with rendered caps and brackets. There are original tessellated tiles to the verandah floor. There are three original unpainted rendered chimneys which have rendered cornices and Federation style chimney pots. The street facing façade has deep red-brown coloured tuck pointed brickwork, while the side elevations have common face brickwork bearing on a sandstone base. Each dwelling has two original timber framed double-hung verandah windows and an original timber framed and glazed door with fanlight. Located along the front boundary is a non-original low brick fence. There is a non-original steel framed wire mesh vehicle gates to No. 24, which provides access to a rear garage.
Date condition updated:08 Feb 12
Further information:
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: This Federation semi was built c.1915. Residents in No. 24 included George Jeffery (1917-1919) and Joseph Hunter (1920-1927). Residents of No. 26 included Herbert Allan (1916-1919) who called his home 'Falston' and Frederick Davis (1920-1927) (Sands Directories). No's. 24-26 were built as part of the suburban development that occurred in the early twentieth century. It represents a second layer of development within the Bayview Park Estate. Bayview Park Estate was first auctioned in 1880. It was part of the land speculation that occurred while the Illawarra Railway was being finalised and built. The real estate agents played upon the healthful living qualities of the land at Kogarah, emphasising their closeness to the sea and beauty of the river. The subdivision's name, Bayview, illustrates this attitude.

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 Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (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]
Together with contemporary dwellings in the locality, 24-26 High Street provides quality tangible evidence of the historical evolution of the Bayview Park Estate in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The place is notable for its substantially intact high quality Federation period verandah detailing and significant contribution to the streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: Integrity is somewhat compromised by non-original brick boundary fence.
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:

Conserve original fabric and setting.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I7925 Jan 13   
Local Environmental Plan  23 May 03   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Kogarah Heritage Study Review - Stage 11999 Musecape, John Matthias, Lisa Murray  Yes
Kogarah Heritage Study 19941994 Tropman & Tropman  No
Kogarah Heritage Study Review 20112011 Truman, Zaniol & Associates Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Sands Directories 1885 to 1932
Written  Kogarah Municipal Council Papers - Valuers Returns North & East Ward 1905-1906.
WrittenTropman & Tropman Architects1994Kogarah Heritage Study 1994

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1870053

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