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Item details

Name of item: Shop
Other name/s: Garston Pty Ltd, Four Seasons Gallery-Seasons Gallery
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 243 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
243 Miller StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A very good example of a c.1897 two-storey house in the Federation Arts and Crafts style in a prominent location in area dominated by buildings of the same period. Example of the work of local architect George Matcham Pitt. Important stylistic and physical relationship to Council Chambers, and has a strong contributory association to the Federation character of the McLaren Street Group (2180856). Associated with the former Miller Street medical precinct prominent in the first half of the twentieth century as the former surgery of Drs. Bernard Newmarch, Erasmus Bligh, Richard Bligh, Harold Capper and Marjory Little.

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: 11 Sep 19
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Description

Designer/Maker: George Matcham Pitt
Physical description: Two storey tuck pointed brick with upper storey roughcast rendered and hipped and gabled roof of terracotta tiles. Projecting gable ends and rain hoods clad in timber shingles and supported on brackets. Entrance portico carried on pair of doric order classical columns on brick pedestals, having classically derived entablature and cornice with decorative console brackets to cornice. Semi-circular arched windows to ground floor. Much of the rear section of the house appears to be a circa 1920s addition. Single storey extension to the side and a brick single garage. Three pane casement windows. Ground floor arch opening infilled with timber framed windows. Much of the rear section of the house appears to be a circa 1920s addition. The original stables still survive in the backyard.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Intact/Good
Modifications and dates: Recently refurbished
Arched openings infilled
Further information: A very good example of the style in the local area.
Current use: Mixed Residential Private and Commercial
Former use: Mixed Residential Private and Commercial-State Themes: Urban settlements. Building styles.

History

Historical notes: Land predominantly associated with Francis Lord's property 'The Lodge', the house being located across McLaren Street. The site, shown as 'land' in the 1895 Council rates book, first shows as a house, brick with a slate roof, 2 storey with 8 rooms, in 1899, owned by Patrick Grant and occupied by Donald Smith. In 1900 the house appears to have been extended when purchased and occupied by Dr Bernard J. Newmarch, becoming a 12 room house. The house was illustrated in an architectural magazine in 1903, which identifies its designer as the architect George Matcham Pitt.

In the first half of the Twentieth Century Miller Street became the focus of medical expertise on the north shore, from which many of the prominent and well-known doctors of the area lived and operated their surgeries. No. 243 Miller Street was no different, being associated as the former surgery of Drs. Bernard Newmarch, Erasmus Bligh, Richard Bligh, Harold Capper and Marjory Little.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (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]
High local significance for its association with the former Miller Street medical precinct prominent in the first half of the twentieth century and as a very good example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with the former Miller Street medical precinct prominent in the first half of the twentieth century as the former surgery of Drs. Bernard Newmarch, Erasmus Bligh, Richard Bligh, Harold Capper and Marjory Little. Associated as the work of local architect George Matcham Pitt.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High significance as a very good example of a c.1897 two-storey house in the Federation Arts and Crafts style in a prominent location in area dominated by buildings of the same period, and has a strong contributory association to the Federation character of the McLaren Street Group (2180856).
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Potential
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Rare Aesthetically Locally.
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 locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good/High-_
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 PlanNorth Sydney LEP 2013I090802 Aug 13   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed  03 Nov 89 107 
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed 085001 Jun 01 93 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930850Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180850


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