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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 74 Speers Street, Speers Point, NSW 2284
Parish: Kahibah
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
74 Speers StreetSpeers PointLake MacquarieKahibahNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Refer to the statement of significance for the adjoining house, 41 Albert Street, Speers Point (SP-12).
This house on the corner of Albert & Speers Street has been included in the inventory because of the historic significance it borrows from its neighbour, and because, in its altered condition, it is a clear demonstration of how changes of materials (instead of repair of existing materials) can completely
change the character of a building, negate its own aesthetic & architectural significance, and detract from the significance of its surroundings.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Local Significance - moderate (previously 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:
Location: south-west corner of Speers & Albert Streets
Architectural Style: Formerly Federation Arts & Crafts (before alterations)
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - hipped & gabled, CGI cladding
Walls/Cladding - Hardiplank AC weather boards
Windows - New Aluminium framed windows
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
This house is a mirror-image of 41 Albert Street.
Both houses are obviously by the same architect and builder - possibly a spec. built pair.
The original external materials of this house have been drastically altered (to Hardiplank cladding, aluminium windows, corrugated roof cladding), but its overall form is unchanged.
The house clearly demonstrates how the adoption of new and different materials in alterations can change the essential character of a building.
Modifications and dates: Extensive. Roof reclad with corrugated iron. Walls reclad with "Hardiplank" style a.c. imitation weatherboards.
Timber-frame windows replaced by aluminium-frame.
One chimney removed.
Lean-to extension added at rear.
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 201415210 Oct 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004SP-1319 Mar 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993SP-13Suters 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: 1910170

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