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Holbrook Apartments

Item details

Name of item: Holbrook Apartments
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 4 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
4 Holbrook AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Part of a group of early twentieth century apartment buildings which collectively represent the movement to this type of development during this period. The group contains a range of styles in vogue in the early twentieth century, and through the group, a strong representation of popular tastes is illustrated. The nearby ferry wharf is integral to the group and the 'raison d'etre' for its size and location. A fine group of pre-Bridge twentieth century buildings.

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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Free Style.

A four storey apartment block of roughcast rendered brick over an ashlar stone ground floor. Windows are steel framed and moulded stucco string lines around the facades delineate floor levels. Projecting steel framed verandahs with timber balustrades feature on the waterfront elevation.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: This building was renovated in the late 1970's and it appears that some detailing was removed at this time, with a consequent loss of identity in the street and among the group. Its form and general appearance remain intact and warrant inclusion in the group.
Further information: 2, 6, 17-25 Holbrook Avenue


Historical notes: Land granted 1800 to Robert Ryan, not occupied and acquired by Robert Campbell in 1801. This section acquired by Mr. G.M. Pitt of Pitt Son and Badgery, prominent wool merchants and a large house named 'Holbrook' built overlooking the water. Access was predominantly by ferry to a private landing. Property subdivided and flats built in the early twentieth century after ferry wharf established in 1899.

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]
Associative Local. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Regional. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative regionally.
Integrity/Intactness: _
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
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930024Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180024

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