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House - Burnbrae

Item details

Name of item: House - Burnbrae
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 32 Renwick Street, Toronto, NSW 2283
Parish: Awaba
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
32 Renwick StreetTorontoLake MacquarieAwabaNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: "Burnbrae" possibly has historic significance connected with its early owners, but this has not been investigated.
The house has many of the attributes of the traditional Federation Queen Anne style, applied to a rambling collection of hipped & gable roofed wings.
The modern roof cladding is unsympathetic.
This & alterations to windows etc. detract from the architectural significance of the house but do not destroy it.
The house probably started life as a holiday house, and so contributes to Toronto's history as a traditional holiday destination.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - low
Local Significance - high
Group Significance - high (as a contributing item
in the conservation area)
Date significance updated: 28 May 08
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Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: between the north-east corner of Bay Street & the Lake
Architectural Style: Victorian/Federation Queen Anne
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - Complex roof with steep pitched double gables & hips, cement tiles.
Walls/Cladding - Shiplap weatherboards on the side,
rebated "ashlar" pattern weatherboards in front
Windows - dh, casement, French doors & modern sashes
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
Large single storey weatherboard house, with twin gable roofs at the rear (west) joined by a cross hip roof at the east end.
The east also has a gable roof over a side room set forward of the verandah, which extends along the east and south sides.
The roof is clad in modern cement tiles.
Verandah roof is supported by cast-iron posts and has cast lace frieze at top, and cast lace balustrade (which looks partly original, possibly part reproduction).
Windows are timber casements, some with louvre shutters.
Recently renovated.
Modifications and dates: Built as a single house, said to have been converted to flats, and now restored to a single house.
New roof cladding, guttering & fences.
Possibly new verandah balustrade panels and window shutters.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: Built as a gentleman's residence or holiday home, probably circa 1910-1920.
Verbal information states that the original or early owner was Hutchinson, and that it was later run as a guest house and/or converted to 3 flats.
The present owners have renovated the house and returned it to being a single dwelling.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: More information needed.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)22 Jun 08
Statutory InstrumentInclude in a Conservation Area within an LEP22 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record22 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004TT-2119 Mar 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201418410 Oct 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993TT-21Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History 1992Verbal information from local residents, and from the present owner (1992).

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910208

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