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House - The Gables

Item details

Name of item: House - The Gables
Other name/s: Mine Manager's Residence.
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 87 Redhead Road, Redhead, NSW 2290
Parish: Kahibah
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
87 Redhead RoadRedheadLake MacquarieKahibahNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: "The Gables" is important as the former home of Frank Croudace, Manager of Lambton Colliery.
However as the Croudace connection with Lambton was nearing its end at the time the house was built, it has only a minor association with the Colliery.
It does have later associations with prominent Newcastle people.
The house is an interesting & unusual design by a well-known firm of Newcastle architects.
The influence of the Arts & Crafts. movement is clearly evident in the high-pitched roof, the asymmetric plan, & the spacious but unpretentious appearance of the building.
Unfortunately, the formerly strong landmark qualities of the house are diminished by an outbreak
of "Stock Broker Colonial" on the subdivision surrounding it.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - high
Local Significance - very high
Date significance updated: 12 Jun 08
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Designer/Maker: Pitt & Merewether, Newcastle
Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Located in a cul-de-sac, off the east side of Redhead Rd
Architectural Style: Late Federation Arts & Crafts
Materials: Frame - brick
Roof - hips with a double gable feature, slate cladding, terra cotta tile ridges
Walls/Cladding - red face brick and rough-cast stucco
Windows - DH, 1-pane/sash
Floors - ?
Interior - not seen
This stylish but unpretentious architect designed house belongs to an earlier design philosophy than the ubiquitous bungalow of the 1920s.
Its descent from the Red House at Bexleyheath & the Arts & Crafts movement is clear.
The house has little or no extant decoration.
The curtilage of the house has been much reduced by a recent subdivision.
Consequently some stables (or a garden pavilion) & some magnificent palm trees appear to have been alienated from the house site.
Modifications and dates: The subdivision noted above, and some unfortunate flat-roofed additions on the north & south elevations.
These appear reversible, & it is understood that they will be removed in due course.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: Built in 1924 for Frank Croudace, son of Thomas Croudace & then Manager of Lambton Colliery.
Croudace died in 1928, & Septimus Flowers, manager of BHP's John Darling Colliery lived there.
The Forsythe family, Newcastle accountants, bought the house in 1935.
In the 1950s (?) it became a Redemptorist Convent.
In recent years it has become a private house again.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: An archival record and a conservation management plan would be desirable


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)12 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementProduce a Conservation Management Plan (CMP)12 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record12 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201413710 Oct 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004RH-0419 Mar 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993RH-04Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History  Verbal information from local residents.
WrittenPevsner, N.1960Pioneers of Modern Design

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910161

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