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The Laurels

Item details

Name of item: The Laurels
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 5 Green Street, Cremorne Point, NSW 2090
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
5 Green StreetCremorne PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

See also under 'Green Street Group' NSHS1106. The 'Laurels' is of particular interest architecturally as it reflects a strong influence of Glasgow's Arts and Crafts movement and analogy may be made with MacKintosh's 1903 commission of Hill House at Helensburgh. The houses although now joined, have retained most of their original quality of design which is further enhanced by the fine period summer house. It is a State heritage site.

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Builder/Maker: by Burcham Clamp
Physical description: 'The Laurels' consists of two houses of brick wall and slate roof construction, dating from 1907, linked together by a mansard roof extension plus verandah, prior to 1920 to form a private hotel. The original northern house, an asymmetrical brick gabled building with a prominent side oriel window and slatted timber balcony, bears a strong resemblance to Charles Rennie MacKintosh's Hill House of 1903. Plans, photographs and a perspective were illustrated in architectural literature in 1906-07. The original southern house is also a two storeyed asymmetrical design incorporating a projecting curved verandah, oriel window and attic. The summer house is of timber framed construction with lattice infill with a terracotta shingled roof crowned by an elaborately moulded terracotta finial. The building's sandstone base forms an integral part of the boundary retaining wall.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 3, 5, 6 Green Street, Cremorne

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]
local significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
local significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
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 I010002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931108Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB September 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181108

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