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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 54 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
54 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An example of the Arts and Crafts style of domestic building, with simple detailing around a symmetrical plan. An important relic of the developmental pattern of the area, indicating the use of up to date architectural styles. Relates well to the earlier Queen Anne style houses at Nos 69 and 71 Carabella Street. The house has a complicated composition with high quality and unusual detailing.

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Physical description: Two storey brick house with a gabled roof with roughcast rendered chimneys decorated brick cappings. Jerkin head roof to street with tile shingle roof over the ground floor verandah supported on turned classical timber posts with decorated brackets and a timber balustrade set on stone piers below with a lattice infill. Upper floor is in roughcast render with brick quions and main gables are half-timbered. Entry is from the side through a timber entry porch. Two projecting windows to the lower floor with weatherboard spandrel and timber shingle hoods. Timber casement windows with coloured glass fanlights.
The house is set high off the street with a small garden to the front with steps to the street and a high sandstone boundary wall with two garage doors.
o This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.

A two storey brick house with terracotta gabled roof, terracotta shingles to the street frontage gable end which is hipped and which has a corresponding gabled ventilator on the transverse gable behind. Brick quoins are articulated against rough-cast stucco render to the upper floor, while the ground floor verandah is carried on turned timber posts and balusters.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Intact, has an unusual and elaborate design

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 Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Regional significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
Rare Aesthetically Locally
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Has high intactness with sleepout glazed, garage to the street, and timber porch to the side.
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 Plan I019702 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930013Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180013

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