Brendalan | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Brendalan
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 17 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
17 Holbrook AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

See Group Listing NSHS0126. A Federation Free Style apartment building that relates to Sydney Harbour and the pedestrian public walkway to the south of the site. The site has foreshore gardens that provide a setting to the building when viewed from the east.

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Date significance updated: 28 Feb 14
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Construction years: 1916-1920
Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Free style and has facades that are designed to address both Sydney Harbour, the pedestrian walkway to the south of the site, as well as Holbrook Avenue. Balconies have been infilled.
The interior has significant decorative features including but not limited to terrazzo, original floorboards, leadlights, beamed ceilings and stained joinery. The stairwell retains its original timber and metal balustrade.

A predominantly three-level rendered brick apartment block on a rusticated stone basement with a terracotta tiled multi-hipped roof with projecting gables over rectangular projecting window bays. Side entrances have semi-circular arches with stone voussoirs. Sills and lintels are of moulded concrete and window bay wall areas are shingled. The foreshore garden is terraced in sandstone with an interesting curved and balustraded seawall and boat ramp. There is little differentiation between the communal and private garden spaces when viewed from the east.

The interior of the apartments include decorative joinery including unpainted battened walls and ceilings, with plate rails. Doors are multi panelled.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: A low scale but unsympathetic a five bay garage screens the street elevation of this building.
The subfloor apartment area has been extended to the west and east.
The southern boundary fence and entry gate obscure the south facade from the public walkway.
The southern boundary fence entry modified 2018 to allow visibility of the front entry door and foyer.
Further information: 2-6, 17-25 Holbrook Avenue
Current use: Residential apartment building


Historical notes: See Group Listing NSHS0126
The building is believed to have been constructed sometime between 1916 and 1920. The site of 17 Brook Ave is a 1916 subdivision of a 'Holbrook House', a Georgian sandstone villa constructed in 1875 for stock and station agent George Matchem Pitt who founded Pitt, Son and Badgery. The villa was demolished in 1916.

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: _Intact
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 I023802 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEPCA 11 - KirribilliCA 1113 Sep 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930128Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison16/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenPCN Urban2018Heritage Impact Statement Unit 4/17 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli
WrittenPCN Urban2018Heritage Impact Statement Unit 4/17 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180128

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