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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 41 Albert Street, Speers Point, NSW 2284
Parish: Kahibah
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
41 Albert StreetSpeers PointLake MacquarieKahibahNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Although the architect/designer of this house is not known, it is clearly from the hand of an inspired practitioner in the Arts & Crafts architectural style.
The house is simple yet stylish & craftsmanlike, built with modest and economical materials in a memorable design.
The style is rare in Lake Macquarie, the only comparable house being the much larger and more clumsily handled "The Gables" at Redhead (RH-04), designed by the local firm of Pitt & Merewether.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - moderate
Local Significance - very high
Date significance updated: 28 May 08
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Designer/Maker: Not determined, but certainly architect-designed.
Builder/Maker: not known - spec. built as one of a pair?
Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Architectural Style: Architectural Style Federation Arts & Crafts
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - "Eternit" AC slates cladding, hipped & gabled,
with terra cotta ridges, ball finials & gablets
Walls/Cladding - Lower walls rebated weatherboard,
Upper walls above dado strapped AC sheet.
Windows - DH wood frames, vertical accent in 3-pane top sashes
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
Charming timber framed cottage uses economical materials and careful detailing to produce a memorable and stylish holiday house for a small family.
The designer/architect has not been identified, but the influences are clearly from MacIntosh (Glasgow) or Voysey (England) as much as from local practitioners such as Horbury Hunt or Menkens. The house is a mirror-image of the adjacent house (altered), both are obviously by the same architect and builder - possibly a spec. built pair.

Image A (from S-E) (Doring Neg.419-18) and B (from N-E) (Doring Neg.419-13) show 41 Albert Street, Speers Point from two directions. Both show brown-stained strap-work & weatherboards & cream painted upper walls, which appears to be the original colour scheme. Note the wide eaves, louvred vents in gable end & gablet, & long double-hung windows with unusual vertical division of the top sashes into three panes.
Modifications and dates: Upper chimneys said to have been rebuilt in a different style brickwork after the 1989 earthquake.
Otherwise the house appears to be in original condition.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: More information needed.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: More information needed.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)19 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record19 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201413810 Oct 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004SP-1219 Mar 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993SP-12Suters 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: 1910169

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