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Holbrook Avenue Apartments Group

Item details

Name of item: Holbrook Avenue Apartments Group
Other name/s: Waterfront Apartments Group. The Walder (Pda - 2/10/98).
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: , Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 KirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A group of early twentieth century apartment buildings which collectively represent the movement to this type of development during this period. The group contains a range of styles in vogue in the early twentieth century, and, through the group, a strong representation of the popular tastes is illustrated. The nearby ferry wharf is integral to the group and is the 'raison detre' for its size and cohesion. A fine group of pre-Bridge twentieth century buildings.

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

A group of flats or apartment buildings all very close in age, representing a single subdivision of a large waterfront property. Those along the foreshore are taller, generally four and five storeys, with strong detailing to the waterfront elevations. Those at the rear are shorter, more expensive with a stronger residential flavour. There is a great variety in detailing within the styles of the period, No's 23 and 25 having white painted bricks and red terracotta roofs with mixed classical details and No's 2 and 8 having dark bricks with white stucco detailing and slate roofs. Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Queen Anne style details all appear in places. Entrance foyers are typically elaborate, with marble, glazed tiles and timber used extensively.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:


Historical notes: Land granted 1800 to Robert Ryan, not occupied and acquired by Robert Campbell in 1801. This section acquired by Mr G. M. Pitt of Pitt Son and Badgery, prominent wool merchants and a large house named 'Holbrook' built overlooking the water. Access was predominantly by ferry to a private landing. Property subdivided and flats built in early twentieth century after wharf established in 1899.

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 Regioanl. 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
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930126Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 16/3/92 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180126

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