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Item details

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

Statement of significance:

A well mannered Federation Arts and Crafts style house designed by Spain & Rowe Architects, with stylistic links to 'Gundimaine' in Kurraba Point (also by Spain & Rowe). A fine example of its type. It is an eclectic and highly modelled composition with unusual shingled balconies.
A well mannered Federation style house designed by Spain & Rowe Architects, with stylistic links to 'Gundimaine' in Kurraba Point (also by Spain & Rowe). A fine example of its type.

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Designer/Maker: Spain & Rowe
Physical description: A two storey brick house with a multi gabled terracotta tile roof with a cross ridge and gablets with timber vents. Ornate brick chimneys. Projecting gable to street with arched balcony to first floor clad in timber shingles with slatted timber at apex. Wrap around single storey verandah with terracotta tile roof on turned timber posts with timber balustrade. Projecting gable to corner as per front bay. Timber casements windows with multi-paned upper lights with coloured glass. Side pitched roof entry porch on timber posts on a low brick wall enclosed with decorative leadlights
Sloping site with gardens to front and side with low brick wall to street topped with timber fence. Brick double garage to front at low side.
Brick extension to rear with tile shingle roof.
o This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.

A two storey brick house with terracotta tiled, multi-gabled roof, with projecting gable ends formed over window bays with semi-circular arched windows, circular sidelights and covered entirely with shingles.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Dormers added
Brick wall and fence
Rear extension
Current use: Residential Private

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]
High Regional significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
Rare Aeshetically Locally
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: High
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 I027102 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930095Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison17/3/92 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: 2180095

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