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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: 188 Falcon Street, North Sydney, NSW 2062
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
188 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 front landscape setting and interior are also of significance. See under 'Falcon Street Flats Group' NSHS0977.

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: 26 Jul 13
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Physical description: Two storey, brick flats building with hipped slate roof with terracotta cappings and brick chimneys. Asymmetric façade has rectangular projecting faceted bay with hipped roof with entrance door behind a timber screen to the lower verandah. Upper verandah enclosed with central faceted projecting window bay and timber shingled spandrel, carried above the ground floor by elaborate curved timber posts and brackets. Timber framed French doors to the ground floor with louvred timber shutters. Two pane double hung sash windows with segmental arched heads.Spandrels below eaves and between floors are generally timber shingled.
Garden to front with modern paving and aluminium paling fence to street on low brick wall with brick piers with pyramidal cement cappings. Large Canary Isalnds Palm tree in front garden contributes to setting of building and the group of items.
Ground floor verandah has brick balustrade with two inverted three-centred arches, the points between carrying paired square timber posts to the upper floor, with a light timber frieze as valence.
Interior room configuration is still evident as are decorative interior features.
Front landscape setting contributes to the significance of teh building and the group.
This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alteration/Good
Modifications and dates: Verandah infilled. Rear addition attached to service wing.
Further information: An unusual example of the style with elaborate joinery detailing. Part of a row of four detached houses, 182-188 Falcon Street.
Current use: Boarding house
Former use: Private 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 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 I083402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930981Tony 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: 2180981

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