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Name of item: Item
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 96 Milson Road, Cremorne Point, NSW 2090
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
96 Milson RoadCremorne PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An unusually large private residence when it was built in 1915, this building combines the robustness of Romanesque design with Arts and Crafts. It is an interesting example of the work of master builder JA Hall, apparently without any involvement by an architect. Hall was a prolific local builder and lived nearby in No. 82 Milson Road

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Date significance updated: 14 May 19
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Designer/Maker: JA Hall
Builder/Maker: JA Hall
Physical description: The building exterior is distinguished by is an unusual, unique and asymmetrical set of elements. Ground floor of rusticated sandstone, brick walls with hipped and gabled roof clad in slate. Rusticated stone string coursing bands on part of the exterior. There is a notional tower, rendered and painted, and the ‘arrow loop’ vent on the gable above which is reminiscent of a fortified English manor. An arched balcony is set within the building. This building is designed in the Federation Free style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alteration
Modifications and dates: A block of flats built on the original garden is not sympathetic


Historical notes: Originally called 'Norit', this residence was erected for Sydney tailor Barnett Phillips in 1916. Master builder, and Cremorne resident, JA Hall, built the house for Phillips, an indication of the degree to which builders, even more than architects, influenced the appearance of suburbs. In the absence of an architect or correspondence between Hall and his client, it is difficult to know what inspired such a monolithic rendering of Arts and Crafts elements. Note the notional tower and the ‘arrow loop’ vent on the gable above, reminiscent of a fortified English manor. The name was changed to Roseau with a new owner in 1936. The front garden was subdivided to build current flats in 1948.

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: Unsympathetic
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 PlanNorth Sydney LEP 2013I012502 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEPCA 06 - Cremorne Point 02 Aug 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931194Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB September 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: 2181194

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