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Blues Point Tower

Item details

Name of item: Blues Point Tower
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 14-28 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
14-28 Blues Point RoadMcMahons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Conspicuous, though unpopular, example of Internationalist style. This landmark building was innovative in its day and intended as a forerunner of a whole movement in architecture and high-density housing. The tower in its landscaped setting is illustrative of the modernist architectural philosophies propounded by Le Corbusier and others. Its construction was a factor in a popular revolt against such types of development, particularly in this area. It was voted, in a popular poll, the building most Sydneysiders would like to see removed. Interior Ground Level foyer of significance including its relationship with the exterior landscape.

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: 20 Feb 12
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Designer/Maker: Harry Seidler
Physical description: oThis building is designed in the Post-War International style.

A twenty-five storey apartment building, square in plan, of steel and reinforced concrete. Floors are articulated by central Corbusion windows to each floor, with a flanking square balcony recess on alternating sides on alternating floors on the east/west facades and a similar but more complex alternation of the same features on the North/South facades.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Intact facades. Many apartments on upper levels have re-configured the floor plan. Some have raised floors in Bedrooms to provide access to views from the bed as the horizontal windows have high sills. Most have new bathrooms and kitchens. Some have replaced original flooring with new carpet and/or floating floors. Original spraycrete ceilings replaced in the majority by new suspended ceilings. Lifts replaced. Ground Level foyer upgraded 1990s.
Date condition updated:20 Feb 12
Modifications and dates: Unsympathetic revolving radar added to top of tower 2011.


Historical notes: Built 1958-1962 to the design of Harry Siedler, respected but controversial architect who was born in Austria, trained in the US and has worked for much of his professional career in Australia. It was a design which was initially part of a larger concept plan for high-rise residential development for McMahon's Point, but which by the time it was completed was falling in popular acceptance, as was the general perception of high-rise, high-density residential development. In recent years, whilst generally respected, it is often cited as an example of a structure inappropriate to its context.

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 f)
This item is assessed as historically rare regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide. This item is assessed as socially rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically 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
Local Environmental Plan I040802 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930599Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180599

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