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Huntingdon Apartments

Item details

Name of item: Huntingdon Apartments
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 6 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 Holbrook AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A characteristic example of the Federation Free Style flats of the 1920s, utilising an eclectic combination of building elements and design motifs cleverly combined in a mixture of bold face brickwork and stucco highlights. It is an interesting element in the surrounding group of contemporary flats buildings. The interiors of the aprtments are also of significance. See also Group Card NSHS0126.

Heritage Inventory sheets are often not comprehensive, and should be regarded as a general guide only. Inventory sheets are based on information available, and often do not include information on landscape significance, interiors or the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are updated by Council as further information becomes available. An inventory sheet with little information may simply indicate that there has been no building work done to the item recently: it does not mean that items are not significant. Further research is always recommended as part of preparation of development proposals for heritage items, and is necessary in preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and Conversation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.
Date significance updated: 21 Feb 12
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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Free Style.

A three level brick apartment block on a stone basement. It has a crenellated parapet with checker-board brick patterning to the panels between piers, moulded stucco string courses and stucco sills, lintels and side panels to timber framed casement windows. The entrance is framed by squared tapering columns in Egyptian style, and has period wood panelling, marble and terracotta tile linings. Interior with intact detailing including patterned ceilings, original floorboards and joinery. Original room configuration still intact. Some apartments retain patterned ceilings and joinery.
Date condition updated:21 Feb 12
Modifications and dates: Some have the kitchen relocated into the main room.
Further information: 2-6, 17-27 Holbrook Ave


Historical notes: Built on a subdivision of the Holbrook Estate. See also Group Card NSHS0126.

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
Local Environmental Plan I023602 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930063Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison16/3/92 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180063

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