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Manor House, The

Item details

Name of item: Manor House, The
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 2-10 Illuka Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Mosman


Property Boundary
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2-10 Illuka RoadMosmanMosmanWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address
Morella RoadMosmanMosman  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

This is one of the most imposingly-sited residences in Mosman. Its form is unusually linear in character and its architecture displays features of one of the most historic of Mosman's styles. Said to be the largest house in Mosman, it is associated with an early and somewhat eccentric Mosman identity and with the Theosophical Society in Australia. The heritage listing includes the fence which is contemporary with the construction of the dwelling and which forms part of the overall heritage significance of the place and its setting.
Date significance updated: 18 Jul 08
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Designer/Maker: Not known
Builder/Maker: Not known
Physical description: Federation Queen Anne/Arts-&-Crafts. This is a large and imposing dark-brick residence, located on a broad site addressing Iluka Road at the bottom of the slope of Morella Road. Essentially linear in design, it has dominant gabled roof elements parallel to the street, and secondary gables projecting forwards with single-storey verandahs between them. One of these gables protects the columned entrance. The first floor rooms are generally in the roof space and are marked by a series of prominent street-facing gabled dormers. Part of the building has a third storey with rendered walls and a hipped roof. Its form suggests that this could have in earlier times been a narrow rectangular belvedere, but the fabric evidence of this is unclear without closer examination. The house roofs are terracotta tiles with shingled gable areas and some gable screens. Windows are generally triple-light ensembles with top sashes divided into small panes. Chimneys are tall and corbelled, with terracotta pots.
Modifications and dates: Sympathetic Major Alteration.


Historical notes: Built for William Bakewell (brick and tile manufacturer) in 1904, the building was bought by the Theosophical Society in 1917 and they have occupied it ever since. In 1926 they established the radio station "2GB" (named after the patron saint Giordano Bruno) which operated from the building for a few years. Known earlier as 'Bakeman's Folly', the house was built with 55 rooms on six allotments in Margaret Street, which became Iluka Road.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is aesthetically rare statewide. This item is historically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is socially representative regionally.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanThe Manor, House 09 Dec 11 41 
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed G&M   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Pittwater Road Review2001 Kim Ketelby  Yes
 0212 CP/RI No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2060212
File number: 212

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