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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 19 Northcliff Street, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
19 Northcliff StreetMilsons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A an example of a typical two storey terrace house in the Federation filigree style, part of a group of four. One of the few nineteenth century buildings left on the west of the Bridge in Milson's Point. Fine example of its type, relatively intact despite alterations. Important reminder of nineteenth century character and importance of vicinity leading to this type of housing.

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Physical description: One of a two storey pair of rendered brick terrace houses (nos. 19 & 21 Northcliff Street) under a single slate clad hipped and gabled roof. Two storey rendered masonry Victorian terrace house with a pitched, slate roof with terracotta ridge cappings and a rendered masonry chimney with brick cappings. Two storey timber verandah set between flanking party walls with cast iron lacework balustrade and valance and opening to side and corrugated metal roof. Faceted bay to the ground floor with two pane double hung sash windows with segmental arch heads. Modern folding doors to the first floor and singe door and fanlight. Cast iron palisade fence to front on sandstone base. Front wall have been re-rendered. Pitched roof wing to rear with car hardstanding.
o This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.

One of a two storey pair of rendered brick terrace houses (nos. 19 & 21 Northcliff Street) under a single slate clad hipped and gabled roof. Ground floors are characterised by projecting three-facet bay to each house, with segmental arched window to the main frontage and semi-circular arched windows to the side facets. The ground floor verandahs have cost-iron lace balustrades and valences whilst the upper verandahs have been infilled with glass above a timber shingled balustrade and spandrel. Entrance doors are segmental arched.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alteration/Good
Modifications and dates: Upper verandahs have been infilled with glass above a timber shingled balustrade and spandrel.
Render to front
Folding doors to first floor
Cast iron lacework replaced
Further information: One of a group of four terrace houses 15-21 Northcliff Street.
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Land part of Roberty Ryan's grant of 1800, acquired by Robert Campbell in 1801 and passed to John Campbell in 1846. Subdivision of area began in 1854 and proceeded throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century. This area once very close to Milson's Point Wharf, Tram, Bus and Ferry Transport Interchange but character radically altered by construction and opening of the Harbour Bridge.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (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. (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]
Local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Local significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good/Moderate
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 I053402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930034Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenClive Lucas Stapleton & Partners Pty Ltd2006Statement of heritage impact, No.19 and 21 Northcliff Street, Milsons Point

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180034

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