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Item details

Name of item: Bellhaven
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 55 Ku-ring-gai Avenue, Turramurra, NSW 2074
Local govt. area: Ku-Ring-Gai
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
55 Ku-ring-gai AvenueTurramurraKu-Ring-Gai  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Reasons for listing; state significance
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Designer/Maker: Charles E Bird
Builder/Maker: John Stanton Cook
Construction years: 1895-
Physical description: It is a large two storey red brick villa with a Queen Anne style influence. The marseille tiled gabled roof has ball-top terracotta finials to the gable and roof ridge, simple gable decoration and brick chimneys with terracoota urn shaped pots. Return verandahs to the north and east sides of both storeys show elaborate timber detailing including lattice work infill, with turned posts and arch to the bottom storey. On the north side of the house the simple entrance porch has squared timber posts and a shingled roof. There is a good leadlight bullseye window above it. Interior features include pressed metal ceilings and Queen Anne style fire surrounds. The kitchen has been renovated involving rearrangement of several smaller rooms. The house is well sited in a mature garden. The fence repeats the style and structure of many fences in Ku-ring-gai Avenue, having overlapping timber pailings and a squared timber coping. Occupies oringinal parcel of land (National Trust).
Modifications and dates: Substantially intact


Historical notes: Built for Alex Joske. It stands on Lot 15 of the Allowah Estate (subdivided 1895), the original purchaser in 1896 being Charles E Bird, architect. John Stanton Cook was the builder ( National Trust). Historical period: Pre- 1900.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  04 Nov 89   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ku-ring-gai Heritage Study198710:010Robert Moore, Penelope Pike and Helen Proudfoot  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Local History Sources
Written  National Trust of Australia Listing Proposal

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1880223

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