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Former Masonic Hall

Item details

Name of item: Former Masonic Hall
Other name/s: Lodge Hall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 27A Llewellyn Street, Balmain, NSW 2041
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Leichhardt
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
27A Llewellyn StreetBalmainLeichhardt CumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 27A Llewellyn Street is of local historic, aesthetic and social significance as good and intact representative example of a former Hall constructed in the Federation Free Classical style in 1900. The building significantly retains its early form, character and details including rendered and painted brick facades, parapets and associated rendered decorative mouldings and details including Masonic symbols, pitched roof and pattern of openings. The building is constructed to the street frontage and is enhanced by the mature street trees along Llewellyn Street. The building and adjacent buildings, Nos. 6 and 8 Montague Street , form a prominent group that make a positive contribution to the Montague and Llewellyn Street streetscapes.

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Date significance updated: 29 Nov 10
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Description

Construction years: 1900-
Physical description: Single storey rendered and painted brick building with parapeted gabled roof clad in corrugated steel. Constructed to the street frontage the front façade has classical rendered details and is symmetrical about the timber panelled entry doors. The doors are slightly recessed with rendered surround around the opening which is topped by a triangular pediment with small triangular window. The façade also features rendered pilasters and mouldings. The façade is topped by a profiled cornice, frieze and decorative parapet with “Lodge Hall 1900” on the central pediment. The building has been constructed to the eastern end of No. 8 Montague Street.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
In very good condition.
Modifications and dates: 1982: Alterations and additions (20477).
2009: removal of palm tree from rear yard (D/2009/56).
Further information: The building is a smaller version and replicates the details and form of No. 8 Montague Street. Box shutters have been added to the front window openings.
Current use: Private
Former use: Meeting Hall (Masonic)

History

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 7 of the 1852 subdivision. The early land ownership is not clear, however, it would appear that Hall was constructed in 1900 as an extension to the Balmain Masonic Hall (No. 8 Montague Street) located on the corner of Montague and Llewellyn Streets which dates from 1880.
Since that time it has been transferred into private ownership, separate to the adjoining building.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Growth of Balmain-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Growth of Balmain-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site and building are of local historic significance as part of an early subdivision and Federation period of development in the local area constructed in 1900.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The building and site are associated with the local Masonic community who it is assumed constructed, owned and occupied the building.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is of local aesthetic significance as a former Hall building constructed in the Federation Free Classical style in 1900. Despite alteration of the front windows, the building retains its modest and original form, character and details including rendered and painted brick facades, parapets and associated rendered decorative mouldings and details including Masonic symbols, pitched roof and pattern of openings. The building is constructed to the street frontage and is enhanced by the mature street trees along Llewellyn Street. The building, with the adjacent buildings, Nos. 6 and 8 Montague Street, form a prominent group that make a positive contribution to the Montague and Llewellyn Street streetscapes.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The building is of some social significance as a former Masonic Hall.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The building is a representative example of a small scale Federation Free Classical building constructed in 1900 that retains overall form and scale and decorative details.
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 single storey scale, character and detail of the building including rendered and painted brick façades and associated rendered mouldings, parapets and decorative details, relief lettering on the front façade, gable roof form, entry door and pattern of openings should be retained and conserved; - no new openings should be made in the building facades and parapets; - the brick and rendered details and timberwork should continue to be painted in appropriate colours; - any proposed alterations should be confined to the rear of the building not detract from the original form and character of the building which remains discernible.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I25323 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: 1940268


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