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House and Garden, Loch Even

Item details

Name of item: House and Garden, Loch Even
Other name/s: Loch Even
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Primary address: 2 Hillcrest Avenue, Hurstville, NSW 2220
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Hillcrest AvenueHurstvilleKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

2 Hillcrest Avenue, Hurstville is significant at a Local level for its aesthetic qualities, streetscape contribution and historic value. A good representative example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style, 2 Hillcrest Avenue is a large two-storey brick, roughcast and tile dwelling notable for its octagon-shaped belvedere. Integrity has been somewhat compromised by unsympathetic alterations, but is still able to be conserved. The place has considerable streetscape value and is a high quality example of its type in the Kogarah LGA. As part of a recently approved development and conservation package of works, rear units will not overly impact the setting of the place.
Date significance updated: 06 Feb 12
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Construction years: 1915-
Physical description: 2 Hillcrest Avenue is a two-storey, asymmetrically massed, Federation Arts and Crafts style dwelling with original terra cotta tile hip roof, exposed rafter ends to eaves, roughcast finish to first floor walls and painted face brickwork (paint finish is non-original) at ground floor level. There is an original terracotta tiled, octagon-shaped belvedere roof supported on original timber posts which have timber capitals. Ground and first floor verandahs have non-original window infill to openings. Located on the corner of the façade is an original oriel bay with original timber framed casement windows, roughcast apron and smooth rendered curved brackets. There are original and reconstructed timber framed double hung windows to ground and first floor levels on all elevations. Painted brick front boundary fence is late twentieth century fabric.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: 'Loch Even' was built c.1915 and was part of the Hillcrest Estate. Early residents included John F. Bunney (1916), Thomas R. Coleman (1917), J.G. Prince (1918-1919), Ernest A. Hill (1921-1924), E.S. Naylor (1925-1932/33). It is a Federation overlay in the Hillcrest Estate, and is representative of the suburban development in the early twentieth century, which led to the consolidation of the early subdivisions associated with the opening of the railway. The land on either side of Maher street was originally subdivided as part of the Maher Estate. James Maher lived in a cottage called 'Millmount' on Woniora Road and in 1899 his land was subdivided into 10 allotments (Sands Directory 1898, Hurstville ZSP: H10/ 110, 217). This area was later subdivided again as part of the Hillcrest Estate (Kogarah LGA Annotated Map - Original Subdivisions). The Hillcrest Estate took its name from the late Victorian house of Henry E. Crane called 'Hillcrest', which was situated on the southern side of Woniora Road (Sands Directory 1898).

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, 2 Hillcrest Avenue, Hurstville provides worthy evidence of the significant historical evolution of residential development within the Hillcrest Estate in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The place is notable for its good original and reconstructed Federation Arts and Crafts stylistic qualities, and significant contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
2 Hillcrest Avenue, Hurstville is a good representative example of an early twentieth-century dwelling displaying fine Federation Arts and Crafts stylistic qualities in the Kogarah LGA.
Integrity/Intactness: Rear unit development does not unduly impact the setting or streetscape contribution of the place. Integrity somewhat compromised by alterations to dwelling.
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. Remove non-significant fabric and elements.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  23 May 03   
Local Environmental Plan I4225 Jan 13   
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
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: 1870061

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