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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 21-23 McLaren Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
21-23 McLaren StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

See under McLaren Street Group NSHS0856. A pair of Federation Queen Anne two storey semi-detached dwellings that provide a strong contribution to the streetscape.The conversion of the two houses into four flats in 1926 was undertaken with care to retain the stylistic consistency of the building. The interior is intact.

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: 06 Sep 12
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Physical description: A two- storey Federation duplex; gabled slate roof with stuccoed and battened gables; red/brown brick with tuckpointing; designed asymmetrically to look like a single building; variety of window forms, including leaded casements with Art Nouveau stained glass decoration; timber casements with coloured glass panes; verandahs have slatted and cut-out decoration; quarry-tiled floor; stairs have marble treads and blue tiled risers; condition good. Plaster decorative ceilings on lower fllor and two front rooms of upper floor, original joinery and doors, timber fireplaces with grates. This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.

The 1913 fabric has high significance and includes the vast majority of the building fabric. Fabric from the 1926 modifications has moderate significance and includes the northern staircase within the Hall and its enclosure, the first-floor lead-light doors, entry hall to the first floor western unit and the extension to the ground level Rooms 3 and 4.

The Post War fabric has little significance and includes the bathrooms and external stairs.

The rear garden has been separated from the building for use by Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 3, 9, 11, 21-33, 8-12, 34 McLaren Street, North Sydney
Current use: Proposed use in DA 265/2012 for offices and school administration.
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: See also under McLaren Street Group NSHS0856

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]
Local Significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Local Significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
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 I088002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930860Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenNBRS & Partners2012Statement of Heritage Impact - Adaptive Re-use fro College Use

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180860

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