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Item details

Name of item: Terrace Building
Other name/s: Ilchester
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 46, 47 and 48 East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095
Local govt. area: Manly
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
46, 47 and 48 East EsplanadeManlyManly  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 46-48 East Esplanade Manly is of local cultural heritage signifigance for its ability to demonstrate the pattern of Manly's development. The Esplanade was a major element of H G Smith's concept for his township and the gateway to Manly. It is a representative, moderatly intact, example of Victorian Boom style architecture but most importantly it is a remnant of late Nineteenth Century development of the Esplanade, of which few examples remain. Despite later alterations and additions the building contributes substantially to the historic streetscape of the Esplanade and is an important element in the historic and landscape contect of the Pier and The Corso overall.

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Date significance updated: 25 Mar 03
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Construction years: 1895-1900
Physical description: The building is a parapeted two story row of three terraces constructed in the late Victorian Boom style of architecture. Although the façade of the Nothern terrace has been altered and the front of the central terrace at the lower level infilled, the majority of the original form is intact. The parapet is highly decorated with rendered mouldings and the name "Ilchester" visible on the upper parapet. Parapeted balconies extend in front of the main façade on the Southern and Central terraces. The balcony to the north has been obscured. The parapets have curved tops reflecting the early bullnosed form of the awnings which are currently sloped, ribbed metal. The balconies are currently enclosed with half glassed infill. Floor plans of the existing building indicate that the original form has been retained.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Internally, the floor plans are close to original. Internal staircases and mouldings are intact. There are no internal openings between the original party walls. The buildings retain their tunnel-bacl terraced form. The Southern portion of the building is set back at an angle from the street boundary which is the alignment of the original building and retains near to its' original form. The line of the front porch, stairs, and entry are intact. The front door is half panneled with multi-pane glazing, detailed transom and arched for light. The label mould around the door head is intact as is the etched glass for light. The rendered walls are scored to imitate tonework, typical of the period and style of architecture.
Date condition updated:26 Mar 03


Historical notes: Associated with the development of Manly Village by Henry Gilbert Smith in the 1850's. The site formed part of the East Brighton subdivision of 1880. In 1885 the subdirectory has an entry for the Esplanade. In 1910 the Sands Directory shows two residents at "Ilchester". An early c.1879 photo shows the 41 and 42 group of late nineteenth century buildings, however, the building "Ilchester" does not appear. Another photo shows part of the building and a 1906 postcard also shows "Ilchester". The original three residences of Ilchester were offered for sale in 1890 (SMH 7 May 1890).

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building is important in demonstrating the history and pattern of development of Manly and in particular that associated with the township planned by H. G. Smith. It is a remnant example of the early settlement of this section of the Esplanade associated with the Pier, due to its proximity.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is a representative example of a late Victorian Boom style terraced building. Although modified, it is a remnant of the late Nineteenth Century streetscape of the Esplanade; important for its association with the historic development of the area adjacent to the Pier. Together with the remnant terraces at 41 and 42 East Esplanade they remain the only buildings from the early period of development of this section of the Esplanade.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The building may retain some evidence related to earlier occupation of the site.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is a representative example of late Nineteenth Century development, now uncommon along the East Esplanade. Due to growth and development of Manly it is an endangered example of its kind.
Integrity/Intactness: Original building is intact, although modified.
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:

Standard maintenance and repair in accordance with the Burra Charter


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanManly Local Environmental Plan 1988 05 Apr 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Assessment Report2001 Design Plus Consulting  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2020535

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