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Boatshed, with attached dwelling

Item details

Name of item: Boatshed, with attached dwelling
Other name/s: 8 Cyprian Street
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8 Cyprian Street, Mosman, NSW 2088
Local govt. area: Mosman
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8 Cyprian StreetMosmanMosman  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building is of considerable heritage significance at a local level as a very fine surviving element from the early development of the suburb related to the waterfront nature of the suburb and the provision of boatsheds as recreational structures, often with accommodation, as an adjunct to a larger house. Relatively few of these structures remain in the council area where there is a combined function of boathouse and accommodation, while a number of modest buildings survive that provide for either of those uses. Similar structures remain elsewhere in the harbour from a similar period of construction notably at Balmain and several at Drummoyne but most have been removed.

The building represents larger scaled property holdings along the waterfront, the early character of the harbour, fine attention to detail and design and a carefully constructed structure. The building has considerable aesthetic and landmark value for its dominant position on the waterfront with its striking white colour scheme set directly above the rocky foreshore.
Date significance updated: 14 May 12
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Description

Physical description: The building is one of two on the site, the other building is a modern house that has undergone substantial redevelopment. The house was added behind a lower building to the site around 1959 by Douglas B Snelling had stone base and vertical cedar cladding, interesting modern house but has had major additions in 1970 and 1972 by Fombertaux, Rice Hanly PL architects. The earlier house may have had some significance as a good modernist house, but most of the external form of that building is now altered. This house appears to have been identified in the 2003 waterfront study but is not of significance.

The waterfront house predates other development on the site and probably predates the sub-division of the battle-axe blocks in Cyprian Street. The house is built right on the water’s edge and the lower section is a boatshed with slip rails into the harbour with a timber slatted gate set above high tide level. Sitting above this is an eclectic and well designed early Federation, late Victorian timber house with a tiled roof and a cantilevered timber verandah over the water. The detailing on the main façade and verandah is fine with curved valence of shaped timber forming the verandah front and the use of timber shingles for walling in combination with boarding and rendered brickwork. The building features various bays and projections in an asymmetrical arrangement all built against the rock face behind. In 1997 council approved a modern addition to the rear and within the roof area by H2O workshop that has been built and earlier plans were approved for a scheme by S McNulty but these appear not to have been built. The 1997 works have not detracted from the heritage value of the building and are subtly and skilfully executed retaining the interesting and significant waterfront setting of the house. A modest dormer window has also been added to the main roof.

Interestingly the house appears to be built across the property boundary (refer to council aerial images) and onto the rock platform coming under the jurisdiction of the NSW Maritime Authority. The aerial plan also shows the orientation of the building to the east towards the view across the harbour.

Overall the main presentation of the house to the water retains its integrity form and detail.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building has recently been refitted and conserved with a rear addition and the whole structure is in good condition.
Date condition updated:31 Jan 08

History

Historical notes: The property was formed by subdivision from a large lot prior to the creation of Cyprian Street. It formed part of 49 Parriwi Rd which include what are now 49a, Parriwi, 8 and 8a Cyprian and it appears 6 and 6a Cyprian St. The subdivision took place in the late 1950’s a series of modern houses were constructed on the lots. Access to the Cyprian St addresses was via battle axe driveways.

No 8 Cyprian was developed in 1959 with a new modernist dwelling of notable design (now very altered) but already contained a fine Federation boatshed with dwelling on the upper level. The Federation building, which appears to have had various small additions was clearly built as a boatshed with attached facilities and appears not to have been a separate residence but rather a folly. It still retains that function in relation to the newer house behind it.

Alterations have removed any potential heritage value from the 1959 house but the boathouse and residence have considerable heritage potential.

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)-
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. Federation period, residential expansion and recreation Residential Expansion Recreation-

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I8609 Dec 11   
Heritage study     

Study details

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Assessment of Archaeological Sites, Mosman Local Environmental Plan2015 Austral Archaeology  No
Assessment of Archaeological Sites, Mosman Local Environmental Plan2015 Austral Archaeology  No
Assessment of Archaeological Sites, Mosman Local Environmental Plan2015 Austral Archaeology  No
Mosman Heritage Review1996 Godden MacKay Heritage Consultants  Yes
Mosman Heritage Review2007 Paul Davies Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenGodden MacKay Heritage Consultants1996Mosman Heritage Review

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2061296


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