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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 12 Harris Street, Sans Souci, NSW 2219
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
12 Harris StreetSans SouciKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

12 Harris Street, Sans Souci is significant at a Local level for its historic value and its aesthetic and streetscape contribution. The place is a substantially intact early 1920’s single-storey, tuck pointed brick and slate roofed dwelling displaying excellent Federation Bungalow stylistic influence. Inclusive of its garden setting and historically accurate recent picket fence, the place makes a valuable contribution to the streetscape. The place provides evidence of the historical evolution of the St Kilda Estate, and is a worthy example of its type in the Kogarah LGA. Integrity has been somewhat compromised by unsympathetic alterations to the rear, but is still able to be conserved.
Date significance updated: 05 Mar 12
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Construction years: 1921-1921
Physical description: Set on a large double block, 12 Harris Street, Sans Souci is a single-storey Inter-War Period bungalow displaying excellent Federation Bungalow stylistic influence. Displaying asymmetrical massing, the place has a large steep pitched original slate roof with original gables to the front and side elevations, original terra cotta ridge and hip cappings, and a prominent bell-cast roof form to the front façade which has an original gambrel vent at the ridge. There is an original chimney with roughcast finish and brick capitol. There are exposed rafter ends at the eaves. The ridge has been extended towards the rear to form a gable as part of a roof space addition in the late twentieth century. The dwelling has an original L-shaped front verandah with original turned timber posts, brick balustrade and tessellated floor tiles. The front façade and south elevation (including verandah return) has original dark red-brown tuck- pointed face brickwork and a rendered base course. It has a gabled bay, which has an original timber framed window case with three casement sashes, original timber framed hood and projecting rendered sill. The gable end displays original mock half-timbering, rough cast panels and rendered panels displaying geometric shapes. There is a similarly detailed window case in the verandah adjacent to an original entrance door case comprising original high-waisted boarded timber framed door, fanlight and side light. There is a sympathetic late twentieth century timber picket fence located along the front boundary. The front garden is informally landscaped and features lawn and exotic shrubs.
Date condition updated:10 Feb 12
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Together with other contemporary dwellings in the locality, 12 Harris Street, Sans Souci provides evidence of Inter-War residential development in the St Kilda Estate.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The place is notable for its excellent Federation Bungalow stylistic influence. Inclusive of its garden setting, the place makes a valuable contribution to the streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: Integrity has been somewhat compromised by roof and roof space alterations and additions, but is still able to be conserved.
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:

Investigate reconstruction of decorative timber brackets to verandah.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I15025 Jan 13   
Local Environmental Plan  08 May 05   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Kogarah Heritage Study 19941994 Tropman & Tropman  No
Review of Kogarah Heritage Study 1994 - Group 2&3 Draft Heritage Items - Stage 22001 Architectural Projects Pty Ltd  Yes
Kogarah Heritage Study Review 20112011 Truman, Zaniol & Associates Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Map  Subdivision Plans
Map  Map of Kogarah LGA - Original Subdivisions
Written 1938Kogarah Council Archives - Valuation Books
Written  Kogarah Council Archives - Building Cards
Written  Sands Directories - 1885-1933
WrittenJ.Fletcher & D.Kingston1985River, Road and Rail
WrittenKogarah Historical Society The Sans Souci Peninsular
WrittenTropman & Tropman Architects1994Kogarah Heritage Study

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1870192

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