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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8 Council Street, Speers Point, NSW 2284
Parish: Kahibah
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8 Council StreetSpeers PointLake MacquarieKahibahNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: An overgrown late Victorian/early Federation, cottage which is untypical of local cottages in its form, but which retains enough detailing (such as the window hood) to be expressive of its period.
This is the oldest house nearby.
It makes a substantial contribution to an interesting streetscape group containing three or four houses, all near one street corner, each of slightly different periods, and with progressive stylistic idioms.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - low
Local Significance - high
Date significance updated: 18 Jun 08
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Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: south-east corner of Council & Albert Streets
Architectural Style: Vernacular version of early Federation Queen Anne.
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - gabled, double gable, with box gutter, CGI cladding.
Walls/Cladding - ashlar patterned rebated weatherboards
Windows - DH, timber framed pairs & singles, French doors &
4-pane/sash sliding windows
Floors - timber
Interior - ?
An unusual house with parallel gable roofed wings and an internal box gutter.
The south wing may have been an afterthought, or it may be a primitive solution to enlarging a standard design.
The east sleep-out may have been enclosed very early.
The 4-pane sliding sashes have coloured glass.
Other details include ashlar pattern weatherboards, turned mullion decorations on dh windows & a sheetmetal window hood with elegant bellcast curve & intricately cut fringe.
Modifications and dates: East verandah probably enclosed c1910-15. Original barge boards have been removed, chimney lopped and verandah railings changed.
Roof cladding appears new.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: Information needed

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: More information & historical research needed.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)18 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record18 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201414110 Oct 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004SP-0419 Mar 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993SP-04Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910164

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