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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 58A West Street, North Sydney, NSW 2065
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
58A West StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A good example of Federation Queen Anne style of residence.
Related items: No 58A West Street. No 54 and 56 West Street are similar in form and detail.
Grouping: No 54-58 West Street, are a group of 2 pairs of semi-detached dwellings, with similarities in form and detail, built by the same builder.
Fine and characteristic example of a Queen Anne style semi-detached house, with elaborate timber detailing. Prominent example amongst a streetscape of smaller and plainer examples.

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Date significance updated: 21 Dec 11
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Physical description: One of a pair of single storey brick semi-detached houses (nos. 58A & 58 West Street) with gabled and hipped roof of terracotta tiles. A broad frontaged asymmetrical single storey dwelling, part of an asymmetrical whole, with ensemble of roof shapes, half timbered roughcast gables and elaborate fretwork, circular windows, dichromatic brickwork, elaborate timber panels and brackets to timber verandah posts, with a timber frieze valence, bracketed and terracotta tiled rainhoods over windows, turned timber finials and tall chimneys with face brick at the base and rendered, stepped upper sections. This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Fences/gates: A low rusticated stone wall between banded facebrick and rusticated stone piers is original, but the original wrought metal railings have been removed.
Streetscape: This section of West Street No 50 to 58A is an uninterrupted group of substantially intact Queen Anne dwellings of consistent street setbacks forming a regular pattern from fence, to small front garden, to shallow verandah to wall of houses. The front walls and shallow front verandahs form a strong street alignment and the ensemble of roof shapes forms an interesting skyline.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Substantially intact. The window sashes, of the front window bay have been removed and replaced by a series of square sashes.
Date condition updated:12 Nov 99
Current use: residential

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 g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
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 I100502 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930965Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes
North Sydney Conservation Area Study1997HD077Noel Bell Ridley Smith & Parthers, with EDAW(Aust) & Wendy Thorpe  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180965

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