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Item details

Name of item: Restaurant
Other name/s: Montrose, Cala Luna Restaurant, L'incontro Restaurant
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Restaurant (food outlet)
Primary address: 196 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
196 Miller StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 196 Miller Street ('Montrose') is a sandstone and brick former house built in the Federation Queen Anne style in 1909 and was designed by James McCarthy. The house is aesthetically significant as a fine example of the style and period amongst a number of similar houses nearby, on Miller Street and McLaren Street. The house is named after the former 'Montrose' which was demolished for the current subdivision. Montrose was the headquarters for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects between 1970 and 1988 and since 1988 has been in use as a restaurant. 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. Dan Kelly and Murray Curtis.

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: James McCarthy (1909); Priestley & Lumsdaine (1970)
Physical description: Fine Federation era double storeyed building; pitched slate roof; brick construction, now painted; form broken into bays, verandahs, overhanging balconies, with semi-circular slatted infills and jutting windows which appear to have been altered; decorative Art Nouveau detailing set into walls; stone base course with battened pillars, decorated with sinuous Art Nouveau carving. This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Condition good - exterior form excellent, although with minor infill and face-brick painted. Interior substantially altered.
Further information: See McLaren Street Group: 3, 9, 11, 21-33, 8-12, 34 McLaren Street
Current use: Restaurant
Former use: Private residence, medical surgery, institutional headquarters

History

Historical notes: The present house on the site known as 'Montrose' is named after the former house on the site which was demolished in 1907-08 for the current subdivision. The first 'Montrose' house was the residence of William Lithgow, first Auditor-General of New South Wales, until his death in 1864, as well as the residence of diplomat and Imperial German Consul-General for Australia, Peter Kempermann, from 1897 to his death in 1900.

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. 196 Miller Street was no different, being associated as the surgery of Drs. Daniel Kelly and Murray Curtis. The 1909 Montrose house was designed in the Federation Queen Anne style by James McCarthy for Dr Daniel Kelly, who was senior surgeon at the Mater Hospital. In 1913 it was purchased by Dr Murray Curtis who lived and worked there for 40 years.

Montrose was the headquarters for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects between 1970 and 1988 (and is listed on the AIA (NSW Chapter)'s Register of Significant Buildings in NSW) and since 1988 has been in use as a restaurant.

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 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)-

Assessment of significance

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 Dr. Daniel Kelly, head surgeon of the Mater Hospital. Association as the former headquarters for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects between 1970 and 1988.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A fine example of the Federation Queen Anne Style amongst a number of similar houses nearby, on Miller Street and McLaren Street. Important stylistic and physical relationship to the North Sydney Council Chambers, and has a strong contributory association to the Federation character of the McLaren Street Group (2180856)
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associated with the former Miller Street medical precinct prominent in the first half of the twentieth century as the former surgery of Drs. Dan Kelly and Murray Curtis.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanNorth Sydney LEP 2013I090002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEPCA 19 - McLaren StreetCA1902 Aug 13   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed 086501 Jun 01   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsedformer Montrose 03 Nov 89   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930865Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Study Review1993 Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes
North Sydney Heritage Study Review1993 Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180865


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