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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 1 Plunkett Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Plunkett StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An exceptional Federation house of its style in an important waterfront location: The design echoes 'Kirribilli House' and 'Sunnyside' through the steep pitch and arrangement of gables to the street, executed in slate and continues the design ethic of these picturesque waterfront houses but executes it in a twentieth century idiom. It is poorly supported and overshadowed by later, monolithic apartment blocks beside and behind it.

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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.

A two-storey brick house on sandstone foundation with multi-gabled slate roof. Gable ends are rough-cast stuccoed or timber boarded and the verandah is clad in timber shingles. Other features include a semi-circular arched entry to the basement area executed in rusticated ashlar, fine slender stuccoed chimneys with a diamond motif, three-facet bay windows and an octagonal turret end bay.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Current use: Residential Private


Historical notes: Land is part of the property of Kirribilli House, originally sold from the 'Wotonga' property (now Admiralty House) in 1854. Kirribilli House purchased and subdivided in 1920 by A. W. Allen into five blocks. The Kirribilli House block was acquired by the Commonwealth. Other blocks, including this, were subsequently built upon.

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 State.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative State. Representative State.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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 I028702 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930139Tony 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: 2180139

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