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Lavender Bay Houses Group

Item details

Name of item: Lavender Bay Houses Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 1-3;41-45 Walker Street, Lavender Bay, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1-3;41-45 Walker StreetLavender BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address
Lavender StreetLavender BayNorth Sydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

A group of interesting Federation period houses, all of similar form scale and materials, which together create a picturesque enclave on the hillside above Clarke Park. The subdivision records the original grant boundaries and the Public Recreation Reserve of 1866. The group maintains the atmosphere of a waterfront bushland idyll which is integral to understanding the original settlement pattern of the vicinity.

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Date significance updated: 04 Jul 13
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Physical description: A group of five houses, all two storey, built against the hillside, with access to the upper floor from Walker Street or from a pathway parallel to Lavender Street. Basement level of each house is the ground level of Clarke Park. The houses step down the hill in levels and all have fine views across Clarke Park to Lavender Bay. The lowest house, No. 1 Walker Street, has a number of sculptures and statues in it's grounds which relate well to a number of similar features in Clarke Park. The pathways and steps are all public thoroughfares to the Lavender Bay ferry wharf and are well patronized.This building is designed in the Federation Academic Classical style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:


Historical notes: Land part of grant to James Milson, the west boundary being Walker Street. Following a Parliamentary Select Committee of Inquiry in 1866, a waterfront public reserve was created at the head of Lavender Bay, the boundary being 100ft (30m) above high-water. Prior to the reclamation of the head of the Bay, the line of the original foreshore meant that this boundary touched Lavender Street, creating a triangular pocket of Milson's land bound by Walker Street, Lavender Street and the Reserve. This pocket now contains these five houses, built around the turn of the century, following the subdivision and sale of the Milson family properties.

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 Local.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Rare Regional. Associative Local.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
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     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930372Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180372

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