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Flat building

Item details

Name of item: Flat building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 186 Falcon Street, North Sydney, NSW 2062
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
186 Falcon StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A very good example of a two storey residential building in the Federation Queen Anne style with a well modelled façade and ornate joinery detailing. Part of a row of four that form an impressive streetscape. The interior and front garden setting are also of significance. See under 'Falcon Street Flats Group' NSHS0977

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Date significance updated: 26 Jul 13
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Physical description: Two storey, brick flats building with hipped slate roof with terracotta cappings and brick chimneys. Symmetrical façade has projecting faceted bay to the upper floor with hipped roof with two brick arched bays below with brick storm mouldings at the impost and above the arches. Upper verandah enclosed with casement windows with timber shingled spandrel. Timber framed French doors to the ground floor with louvred timber shutters. Painted brick to side elevation and extensions to rear.
Garden to front with modern paving and aluminium paling fence to street on low brick wall with brick piers with pyramidal cement cappings.
Full length enclosed upper verandah has central projecting three facet bay with faceted hipped gable roof spandrels to bay window eaves and between floors is timber shingled. Ground floor has full length verandah behind two arch colonnade on brick piers, the arches being three-centred with expressed label moulds and imposts.
Interior is also of significance.
There is a large palm in the front garden. The open front garden contributes to the setting of the item and also to the group.
This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor alteration/Good
Date condition updated:26 Jul 13
Modifications and dates: Verandah infilled on first level
Further information: Part of a row of four detached houses, 182-188 Falcon Street. An unusual example of the style with elaborate joinery detailing.
Current use: Boarding house
Former use: Residential private

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 b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Regional significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
Rare Aesthetically locally
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good/High
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 I083302 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930980Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180980

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