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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Waione, Wione
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 174B Kurraba Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
174B Kurraba RoadKurraba PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Interesting and prominent Federation Arts and Crafts style waterfront house, although the lot is now subdivided. Part of a collection of early twentieth century substantial houses fronting Shell Cove which typify the early development of the vicinity and contribute to the picturesque qualities of the peninsula. A large Federation style residence associated with the eminent architect Alfred Spain (Spain, Cosh & Dods) who resided there from 1913 - 1954. Its conversion to a private hotel/boarding house in 1957 and later subdivision of allotment in 1958 has retained its significant fabric, although it has negatively impacted upon its curtilage and setting.
A two storey dwelling with two prominent projecting gables on the primary façade. One with a bay below. Constructed in face brickwork on a sandstone sub-base with decorative timber shingle and a tile roof. The significant interior retains the evidence of the original room configuration and decorative features including but not limited to the original stairwell, original joinery including floorboards, skirtings, mantle pieces, staircase and picture rails, decorative plasterwork including ceilings.



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: 05 Mar 19
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Description

Construction years: 1905-
Physical description: Two storey brick house with multi-faceted hipped and gabled roof of terracotta tiles. Decorative use of timber shingles. Features include circular windows tall roughcast-rendered chimneys, wall hung shingles and projecting shingles gabled dormer windows to the upper floor east elevation. Leadlights. Unsympathetic subdivision has resulted in loss of setting and curtilage. Unsympathetic infill of verandahs. Interiors are of significance and retains evidence of original room configuration. Some face brickwork has been unsympathetically painted. Original decorative features, including but not limited to: joinery such as floorboards, staircase, mantle pieces, picture rails and skirtings; original decorative plasterwork such as ceilings and cornices; fireplaces.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
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.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained.
Further information: Re-opening of verandahs and removal of paintwork on face bricks is recommended.
Current use: Apartments
Former use: Single residence

History

Historical notes: Constructed in 1905. possibly for CA Guesdon who is listed in the Sydney Sands Directory as living there until 1910.
From 1911, eminent architect Alfred Spain (Spain & Cosh 1904 then Spain , Cosh & Minnet 1910-1912 and Spain, Cosh & Dods 1914-1920) is listed as the resident where he with his family until his death in 1954. He is noted for his work at Taronga Zoo., Accountants House at 117-119 Harrington and the Mercantile Hotel at 25-27 George St, both at Millers Point.
Some sources suggest that Spain constructed a new residence on the site in 1904 however, no evidence has been found.
The site was subdivided in 1949 creating a separate allotment for the northern portion containing 'Edzell'.
In 1956, 'Waione' was transferred to Helen Russell, David Russell and Arthur Wilson Hill.
In 1957, Council received a development application from William Thomas Lark for alterations that show conversion to a private hotel/boarding house.
Noted as six flatettes in 1960 when owned by William Frederick Hayman (1960-1971).
A further subdivision of land occurred c 1960 creating Lot C on the waterfront.
In 1984, the building is described as having a private dwelling and three flats. (DA 1194/84).

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 g)
[Representativeness]
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanNorth Sydney LEP 2013I066702 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEPCA 16 - Kurraba Point 02 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931230Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenArchitelle Architecture & Interiors2014Heritage Impact Statement
WrittenNBRS Architecture2018Site History Document

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181230


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