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Residential Flat Building, "Cumberland"

Item details

Name of item: Residential Flat Building, "Cumberland"
Other name/s: Glenelg
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 32 The Crescent, Manly, NSW 2095
Local govt. area: Manly
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
32 The CrescentManlyManly  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 32 The Crescent is of significance for the local area for historical and aesthetic reasons and as a representative example of a large, high quality, Federation Queen Anne style house in the local area. The house is associated with Arthur Harcourt, Mayor of Manly in 1931, who lived here from 1922 until his death in 1950. The house, built c. 1911, presents as having a high degree of integrity when viewed externally and continues to make a strong contribution to the streetscape, enhanced by its prominent position on elevated grounds above a street corner.

Manly Council is in the process of updating the inventory sheets for places listed as Items of Environmental Heritage on the Manly Local Environment Plan (2013) as amended.
The information in this inventory entry may not be complete.
For further information, please contact Manly Council’s Heritage Advisor.
Date significance updated: 18 Feb 11
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Physical description: Two storey (with first floor within the roof) brick Federation Queen Anne style residence with hipped and gabled concrete tile roof, timber shingled spandrel to large roof dormer. Brick work painted. The house has been divided into flats.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The house was built c. 1910 and has the ability to demonstrate the building design and practices around the time of its creation.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house has the qualities of a local landmark, and strongly contributes to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
The house has identifiable features of the Federation Queen Anne architectural style and presents a locally representative example of this style.
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:

Encourage restoration of roof to unglazed terracotta.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanResidential Flat Building, "Cumberland"I11605 Apr 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Manly Heritage Study1986 Blackmore, Ashton, and Co.  No
Review and Database Listing1999 C. Kemp/ W. McArthur  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2020232

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