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Item details

Name of item: Keynsham
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 29 Shellcove Road, Kurraba Point - Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
29 Shellcove RoadKurraba Point - Neutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A relaxed yet impressively designed residence with mellowed multi-hipped slate roof forms, creating the perfect complement to its important neighbour 'Brent Knowle'. The house is a valuable streetscape element and makes a positive contribution to the identity of the Shellcove Road. Teh dwelling, landscaped gardens and interior are of significance. See also under 'Shellcove Road Group' NSHS1246.

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 Jul 13
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Designer/Maker: Original Design - Frank Buckell (Spain Cosh Minnett Architects)
Physical description: A finely tailored slate roof form, grey/green in colour together with the weathered copper ridge capping and finials, which are particularly satisfying in visual terms. Possibly the fines slate roof in Sydney. Walls are of rough cast stucco, flared at the stone base to create a continuous drip mould. The front door is defined by a restrained timber columned porch and lit by plain leadlight glazed windows. The gabled garage reinforces the design theme by repeating the material finishes of the house. The house is in an excellent state of preservation. Interior retains many original features including room layout. A photograph c1935 shows the original roof of shingles. The roof was slated c1958, and the slate is believed to come from Goulburn.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good. Curtilage irreversibly damaged by construction of dwelling on waterfront c 2010.
Date condition updated:07 Feb 12
Modifications and dates: 1934- Second storey addition (Wright, Son, and Apperly)
1950s - Replacement of roof shingles with Slate
1986- Extensive renovations and alterations, new slate roof, alterations to the roof dormers, changes to the roof design to the front of the dwelling, addition of new front porch and infill of other porches, new sandstone fence and gates and installation of new doors and windows throughout. New addition to include a bar and billiard room. Harbour front garden subdivided off (Lot 29A) in 1957 and then reamalgamated in 1980. In 1983, a DA was lodged for a new dwelling on a lower allotment but this was never commenced and the DA lapsed. Another DA was lodged in 2004 for a dwelling but refused. A new lodgement was made in 2007. A new three level dwelling was constructed, with Land & Environment Court approval for additional height and so connection to the harbour was lost and visual curtilage degraded.
Further information: 27, 29, 31, 31A, 33, 37, 39, 49 Shellcove Road, Neutral Bay
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: A single storey house built for Mr H G Pratten to a design by Frank Buckell of Spain Cosh and Minnett. Although dated 1921 in the gable construction was substantially completed in 1919. Around 1929 the additional storey designed by Wright, Son and Apperley was added.

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 aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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
Regional Environmental Plan     
Local Environmental Plan I068802 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931248Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB October 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: 2181248

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