Oakdene | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Oakdene
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 40 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
40 Fitzroy StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An unusual example of a two storey Federation Filigree style terrace house. See Group Listing Card NSHS0116.
It is part of an important Kirribilli street illustrating the variety of buildings styles applicable to essentially similar designs within a period of the late nineteenth century. The consistency of the buildings in age and design is an unusual survivor in Kirribilli. A cross-section of residences of the lower middle and working class which contrasts with the large mansions elsewhere in the locality and which point to the various subdivisions of the period.

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Physical description: Two storey tuck pointed brick terrace with a pitched terracotta tile roof with two dormers and a brick chimney. Two storey timber verandah set between flanking party walls with an arched timber valance with vertical battened spandrels on the upper floor and a timber frieze to the ground floor. Tessellated tiles to the ground floor with slate edging. Segmental arched windows with full height two pane double hung sashes to the ground with the same to the first floor with margin bars and shutters. Small garden to the front and a cast iron palisade fence on low sandstone wall with painted sandstone piers.
o This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.

A two storey brick terrace house with a gabled terracotta roof, timber verandah balustrade, an arched timber valence with vertical battened spandrels on the upper floor and a timber frieze valence on the ground floor on brackets with circular cutaways. Doors and windows have segmental arch fanlights.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Very good
Modifications and dates: Roof replaced and brickwork painted.
Current use: Residential private


Historical notes: See Group Listing NSHS0116

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]
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 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 I022902 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930122Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 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: 2180122

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