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Hipwood Street Terraces Group

Item details

Name of item: Hipwood Street Terraces Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 2-12 Hipwood Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2-12 Hipwood StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Good example of late nineteenth century terrace despite a number of unconnected alterations. Example and relic of period development in the vicinity, particularly the more 'working class' nature of Careering Cove compared to other nearby areas. Potentially interesting relationship to Milson's Point historically depending on date of construction.

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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.

A continuous row of five two-storey terrace houses of brick with corrugated-iron roofs, with two storey verandahs to the street frontage. Excepting the alteration to No. 4, the building has a continuous parapet, upturned at either end of each house, the boundary walls topped by spherical stucco finials. The parapet above No. 2 and No. 12, at each end, has a central semi-circular pediment above a smaller semi-circular ventilator, topped by a finial sphere and flanked by matching finials. Verandahs on both floors are carried on a single, central timber post, and have a skillion roof above.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration. Unsympathetic.
Date condition updated:01 Oct 98
Modifications and dates: No. 4 has a third-attic storey clad in slate shingles with two dormer windows added. No. 12 ground floor window converted to a pair of full-length doors. Balustrades vary from elaborate cast-iron lace, to turned timber post and rails to simple timber board and panels. The original detailing is unknown but the iron-lace is likely to be a later addition. No. 6 has a Pike and Rail iron fence - all others have differing but relatively recent front fences. No. 2 has had the ground floor verandah filled.


Historical notes: Land part of grant to James Milson. The terraces were built for Mrs Louisa Wright in 1908, following the reclamation of the head of the bay in the 1890's and contemporary with the formation of Milson Park in 1912. No. 2 was built as a shop with residence above.

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 Local.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Local, Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local, Representative Local.
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: Unsympathetic
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     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930043Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 19/3/92 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180043

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