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Renown

Item details

Name of item: Renown
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 23 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23 Holbrook AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

See Group Listing NSHS0126.

‘Renown’ apartments, designed in the Federation Free style, a five storey rendered brick apartment block with a hipped terracotta tile roof on a rusticated ashlar ground floor, with a stucco string course at fifth floor level.’
Designed in 1919 by acclaimed architectural and engineering firm H.E Ross and Rowe, who designed many significant Sydney buildings including the Commonwealth Bank building at Martin Place, the Bushell’s building, Bondi Beach Pavilion and the Pubic Trust Office, all of which are listed as State Heritage items.
Part of the ‘Holbrook Avenue Apartments Group’, listed as a group item of regional significance. ‘A group of early 20 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 20 century, and, through the group, a strong representation of the popular tastes is illustrated.’

The interiors of the apartments are also 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: 30 Oct 13
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Description

Designer/Maker: H.E. Ross and Rowe - H.E Ross & Rowe
Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Free style.

A five storey rendered brick apartment block with a hipped terracotta tile roof on a rusticated ashlar ground floor, with a stucco string course at fifth flour level. The entrance portico, with a gabled roof, is carried on concrete Tuscan style columns and above is a projecting rectangular frontispiece having circular stucco relief mouldings to its cornice above a large circular window with stucco embellishments. A reclaimed area of waterfront is now grassed with a stone-lined boat ramp at the east extremity.

The apartments retain the original sunrooms. Many also retain the Kitchen at the rear of the apartment. Original interior detailing is still evident including plasterwork,battened ceilings, joinery, glazed interior doors, glazed front doors with leadlights or jelly glass. Main stairs have polished stone cladding with original timber and wrought iron balustrade and battened ceiling on upper level.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
_
Further information: 2-6, 17-25 Holbrook Avenue Apartment Group
Current use: Flat Building

History

Historical notes: Built on a subdivision of the Holbrook Estate, See also Group Listing NSHS0126.
H.E. Ross and Rowe designed many prominent Sydney buildings including the Commonwealth Bank building in Martin Place, the Bushell’s building, the Bondi Beach Pavilion and the Public Trust Office, all of which are state heritage items.

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. Typically representative of the development period.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with the work of acclaimed architectural and engineering firm H.E. Ross and Rowe.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Regional. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I024102 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930131Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison16/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

None

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180131


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