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Item details

Name of item: Mobarik
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 61 Milson Road, Cremorne Point, NSW 2090
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
61 Milson RoadCremorne PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A bold forthright architectural statement by the architects Inskip and Rosenthal which assumes an added importance because of it's elevated siting on a sweep in Milson Road. The residential design displays an influence of the North American Romanesque style.

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Designer/Maker: Ipskil and Rosenthal
Builder/Maker: Edward Hill
Physical description: It is an asymmetrical massed, multi-gabled house of the Federation era utilising a sandstone foundation, pebble-dash stucco walls, timber shingled gables and a slate roof with terracotta ridge capping and chimney pots. The interplay of numerous gables and chimney combine with the verandahs and bay windows to form an interesting roofscape while the open square timber balustrade allows the full appreciation of the harbour view. Further interest is generated by the use of glazed brick paving and the art nouveau leadlight glazing to casement windows, highlight and front door. The building is well maintained and intact except for the upper rear attic extension.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 59, 61, 63, 67 Milson Road, Cremorne


Historical notes: Mobarik was designed for William John Wood, a quantity surveyor. The floor plans were drawn by Donald Turner, a pupil of Wood's and detail work by John L. Berry, who was then working for Charles Rosenthal. The builder was Edward Hill of Mosman and the contract price was 1650 pounds. The rear upper balcony was added in 1918 or 1919 along with the second bathroom. The original roof was of Forest Oak shingles, as were the bay windows which were later replaced by redwood. The original plan showed a turreted lookout but this was eliminated. The large garage was added in 1922.

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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
local 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 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 I011902 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931156Tony 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: 2181156

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