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Strand, The, Shops & upstairs dwellings

Item details

Name of item: Strand, The, Shops & upstairs dwellings
Other name/s: The Strand
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 866-872 Military Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Mosman


All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
866-872 Military RoadMosmanMosmanWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This is one of the best and, after restoration in recent years, most intact urban retail-residential facades in Mosman. Part of its significance lies in the fact that it demonstrated the efficacy of conservation of an older building as a major contributor to the traditional Mosman commercial streetscape. Its historical connection with two of the most influential citizens of historic Mosman is very important.
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Designer/Maker: Not Known
Builder/Maker: WH Smith
Physical description: Federation Free Classical. A Federation Free Classical building consisting of four shops with residential units above. It was effectively adapted and the brick-and-render facade restored a few years ago by Scott Robinson, architect, but the street front now evidences a need for maintenance. Below the suspended awning the shopfronts are substantially all modern, but parts of the masonry pier facings appear to display earlier tiling. The four first-floor occupancies above have paired arches forming an arcade of recessed balconies, the pairs of arches divided by rendered pilasters which rise to an entablature, above which is a balustraded parapet with ball finials surmounting the piers. Foliated devices of moulded cement form pilaster capital motifs in the frieze of the entablature. Above the centre of the facade there is a pediment motif with an acroterion at the apex and urns at the sides. The arches are supported on colonettes and each recessed balcony has a square balustered balustrade.
Modifications and dates: Sympathetic Major Alteration.


Historical notes: This ensemble was erected in 1898 by Mayor W H Smith, an English-born builder and developer who, with his partner S H Cabban, had obtained the contract to build Mosman's public school opposite the future site of the Stand. Smith went on to build several cottages in Muston Street, to develop the Frascati Estate in Middle Head Road and 50 acres of the Silex Estate, which he subdivided as the Bradley's Head Estate. Smith was a developer cast in the Harnett mould. He served continuously on Mosman Council for a quarter of a century, from 1901 to 1925, and was Mayor for five annual terms. 'The Strand' facade was restored c1980 by Robertson & Hindmarsh, architects. They employed the Clearstone Co to remove the paint which had obscured the original design.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is aesthetically representative regionally. This item is historically representative regionally.
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 Strand Shops and upstairs dwellings 09 Dec 11 41 
Within a conservation area on an LEPMilitary Road Conservation Area (HCA No 7) 23 Feb 01 41 
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed G&M   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Pittwater Road Review2001 Kim Ketelby  Yes
 0291 CK/RI No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2060291
File number: 291

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