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MLC Building

Item details

Name of item: MLC Building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Commercial Office/Building
Primary address: 105-153 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
105-153 Miller StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The first high rise office block in North Sydney and the largest for a number of years after it's construction. Seminal building on subsequent high-rise design in Sydney and utilised construction and structural techniques not previously used in Australia. First use of curtain wall design; first use of modular units in Australia. Major landmark in North Sydney. The interior, exterior and landscape setting are of significance.

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Date significance updated: 20 Apr 12
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Designer/Maker: Bates, Smart and McCutcheon
Physical description: A fourteen storey cubiform office block of 450,000 feet of floorspace constructed on a rigid steel frame with hollow steel floors. Curtain walls of glass and anodized aluminium spandrels. Vermiculate plaster fireproofing, stamped metal ceilings. Double glazed using anti-actinic heat resisting glass outer and plate glass inner, ten inches apart. Facing materials include terracotta, marble, granite and mosaic tiles.This building is designed in the Post-War International style.
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Historical notes: Opened in 1957/58, the building was constructed as the headquarters of the Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Company (MLC Limited). It was a pioneer in architecture and construction when built.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare statewide. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. 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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I089302 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930854Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180854

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