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Item details

Name of item: Terrace
Other name/s: Cnr Roseberry Street
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 10 Evans Street, Balmain, NSW 2041
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Leichhardt
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
10 Evans StreetBalmainLeichhardt CumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 10 Evans Street is of local historic and aesthetic significance as a good and intact example of a former shop building constructed in the late Victorian Filigree style around the 1880s. The building retains its early scale, character and fabric including rendered facades, high parapet wall and pattern of openings including ground floor shopfronts and awning. Nos. 8-10 are important townscape element on the corner.

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Date significance updated: 20 Jun 11
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Physical description: No. 10 is a two storey rendered brick on stone base Victorian Filigree style former shop and residence with high decorative parapet walls including moulded cornice and decorative moulds, skillion roofs clad in corrugated steel and rendered chimneys with profiled capping. Located on the north eastern corner of Evans Street and Roseberry Street, the building is constructed to the street frontages with splayed corner on both levels.

The ground floor front facade consists of rendered brick walls. The splayed corner entry door is a wide timber door with highlight over. On either side of the entry door there is a six panelled shopfront window on a moulded timber base with timber architrave surrounds.

The first floor façade has rendered walls, a filled in arched opening on the splayed corner with timber French doors with highlights over on both facades. All other windows have label moulds. A wide timber frame balcony projects out over the footpath and is supported on timber posts with cast iron brackets on the edge of the kerb. The balcony has a cast iron balustrade with timber posts supporting a sloping corrugated iron roof.

The rear of the building has a rendered wall two storey extension with single storey verandah. A high brick wall runs along the Roseberry Street boundary with a timber gate and single storey garage.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Very good
Date condition updated:14 Dec 10
Modifications and dates: 1953 - Subdivision (DA/390/1953)
1956 - Extensions bathroom (2515)
1958- Garage (2994)
1985- Use of shop as marine and general hardware, existing residence(DA/62/1985)
1985- Use as bookshop and residence(DA/204/1985)
1997 - Alterations and Additions- consulting rooms (DA/227/1997)
2002 -Alterations and Additions (D/2002/280)
2009 - Fitout works associated with home occupation (CC/2009/144)
Current use: Residence
Former use: Shop and residence


Historical notes: Surgeon William Balmain was granted 550 acres and most of the area now encompassing Balmain in 1800. In 1801 the entire grant was transferred to fellow surgeon John Gilchrist. Gilchrist never actually lived in NSW and advertised the land for sale in 1823. However, the sale was not a success. He gave power of attorney to his Sydney-based agent and merchant, Frank Parbury, who commissioned Surveyor John Armstrong to subdivide part of the land. In 1836 22, 2-4 acres lots mostly about Balmain East were auctioned for sale by Parbury on behalf of the absentee landowner, Gilchrist. The early subdivision was, however, suspended in 1841 due to difficulties associated with Gilchrist’s will, but was resumed in 1852 when Surveyor Langley divided it into 46 later 47 sections. Langley used existing routes such as Darling Street and other tracks such as Beattie and Mullens Streets, which followed the local topography and contours, to delineate the parcels. The sections were purchased over the next 30 years by wealthy investors, local speculators and builders.

The site is located in Lot 9 of the 1852 subdivision. The two terraces are shown shaded on a Sydney Water plan dating from the late 1880s (Balmain Sheet 44) revised in the early 1890s, indicating they were built some time between the late 1880s and early 1890s.

Since that time Council records indicate that the buildings have undergone some alterations and additions.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services Growth of Balmain-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Growth of Balmain-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site and building is of local historic significance as part of an early subdivision and constructed in the late 1880s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is of local aesthetic significance as a good and intact example of a former shop and residence constructed in the late 1880s in the Victorian Filigree style. The building retains its early scale, character and fabric including rendered facades, high moulded parapet, shopfront entry and wide balcony over the footpath.
SHR Criteria g)
The building is a representative example of a stone Victorian Filigree former shop constructed in the late 1880s.
Integrity/Intactness: High
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

It is recommended that: - the existing two storey scale, character and fabric of the building including rendered facades, decorative parapet, chimneys and associated rendered mouldings, first floor balcony and associated details and pattern of openings should be retained and conserved; - no new openings should be made to the corner street facades; - the building should continue to be painted in appropriate colours; - any further additions should be restricted to the rear of the building and should not detract from the distinctive form and character of the building or its corner presentation.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I21523 Dec 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Leichhardt Municipality Heritage Study1990 McDonald McPhee Pty Ltd (Craig Burton, Wendy Thorp)  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenMax Solling and Peter Reynolds1997Leichhardt: On the Margins of the City

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1940230

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