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North Sydney Council Chambers (including Jubilee Fountain in Civic Park adjacent to Council Chambers)

Item details

Name of item: North Sydney Council Chambers (including Jubilee Fountain in Civic Park adjacent to Council Chambers)
Other name/s: Kelrose; Dr. Capper's Hospital
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Council Chambers
Primary address: 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
200 Miller StreetNorth SydneyNorth SydneyWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Important example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style in a prominent corner location, associated with the Federation character of the McLaren Street Group (2180856). Significant association with the former Miller Street medical precinct prominent in the first half of the twentieth century as the former medical practice and hospital of Dr. Harold Selwyn Capper. Later associations from 1926 as Council Chambers and an important local public building, which has been altered extensively over its life to reflect the status of its changing ownership. The Council Chambers are significant as an example of the work of several prominent local architects including Edward Jeaffreson Jackson for the original 1903 structure, Albert Edmund Bates for the 1926 Council Chambers conversion and Rupert Villiers Minnett for the 1936 Miller Street expansion. See also listing for the adjacent Harry Seidler-designed 1977 Wyllie Wing (2181422).

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Date significance updated: 11 Sep 19
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Description

Designer/Maker: Edward Jeaffreson Jackson (1903) A E Bates (1926) R V Minett (1938) J L Browne (1961-68)
Builder/Maker: R. G. Ochs (1903) Frank Cogan (1926) Girvan Bros (1938)
Construction years: 1903-1968
Physical description: Two storey brick building with hipped and gabled terracotta tiled roof. Upper floor roughcast rendered. Nine-pane upper sash double-hung windows. Parapets to gable ends with semi-circular motif above narrow tall ventilator openings. Ground floor has three brick segmental arches over window openings. Entrance porch rough-cast rendered with face brick rectangular parapet and semi-circular arch. Side walls of porch have bullseye leadlight windows articulated in face brick. Original chimney breast on south elevation. This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration
Modifications and dates: Extensive modifications have been carried out throughout the twentieth century.
1925–1926: Conversion of 'Kelrose' into Council Chambers, removal of northern verandah. Albert Edmund Bates Architect.
1935–1938: Duplication of existing Council Chambers along Miller Street. Rupert Villiers Minett architect.
1961–1968: Additions and extensions by the Council Architect, John L. Browne, including large bay offices to south elevation of 1903 section.
Further information: Wyllie Wing (1422)
Current use: Council Chambers
Former use: Private residence, medical surgery, hospital

History

Historical notes: The site was the 1870 home of James Husband and family. A new house named 'Kelrose', designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style by Edward Jeaffreson Jackson in 1903, was owned by Dr. Harold Selwyn Capper and his mother Annie Capper. From this a hand-carved mantelpiece remains in the front building. It was used at times as a home and hospital. Purchased by the Municipality of North Sydney in 1925, Kelrose was converted by Albert Edmund Bates in 1926 into North Sydney Council Chambers. The Council Chambers were officially opened in 1926 by the Member for North Sydney, William Hughes and was further enlarged in 1936-1938 by Rupert Villiers Minett. The northern end was burnt out in 1976, restored and re-opened in 1978. The Wyllie Wing (named after Town Clerk David Wyllie) in McLaren Street, designed by Harry Seidler, was completed in 1977.

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)-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Architectural Styles and Periods - Inter-war Art Deco-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Architectural Styles - The Federation Period, 1890s - c. 1915-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. 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 PlanNorth Sydney Council Chambers (including fountainI090202 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEPMcLaren Street Conservation AreaCA1902 Aug 13   
Local Environmental Plan - LapsedNorth Sydney Council Chambers Fountain in park adj085101 Jun 01 93 
Local Environmental Plan - LapsedCouncil Chambers and Fountain (Civic Centre) 03 Nov 89   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930851Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes

References, internet links & images

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180851


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