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Item details

Name of item: Walder Apartments
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 19 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
19 Holbrook AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

See Group Listing NSHS0126 The interior and exterior of this building on the harbour waterfront is of significance.

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: 02 Apr 12
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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Free style.

A five storey apartment block of rendered brick with stucco mouldings, with a single storey combined entrance and a double garage. The street frontage employs simplified gothic details such as a crenellated parapet and a pointed arch to the entrance with a central entablature and Art Nouveau style shields on either side carrying the building date '1918'. The side and waterfront elevations show mixed federation details such as three-facet oriel windows, round arch windows to the ground floor and large areas of painted shingles and timber boarding to window bays. The interior is highly decorative with a central Arts and Crafts style terrazzo and timber staircase containing balusters witha circular motif .There is also another simpler secondary timber staircase. The walls have decorative tiling with decorative Art Noueau panels. The apartment entrances have decorative leadlight doors, a sidelight and fanlight that provide light to the interiors of the apartments. The interiors of most apartments are still intact with batterned ceilings and original joinery including splayed architraves. Joinery not painted. The apartments have a hallway with rooms off to one side. The north facing balconies have been enclosed with glazing.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 2-6, 17-25 Holbrook Avenue


Historical notes: Built in 1918 on the Subdivision of the Holbrook Estate, this apartment block is an early waterfront flat building which was the precursor of many such buildings in the area.

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 I023902 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930129Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 16/3/92 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: 2180129

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