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Brent Knowle

Item details

Name of item: Brent Knowle
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 31 Shellcove Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
31 Shellcove RoadKurraba PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A picturesque early 20th century gentleman's residence by an eminent Australian Architect. It is perhaps his most important early work & clearly manifests the influence of the English Arts and Craft movement. The house is well related with its harbourside site through the use of fluid roof forms which tie together the residence, service wing and front stone wall. Waterhouses's skilful use of scale and proportion, colours which are not harsh and textured surface treatment mark him out as an early 20th century architect of importance. See also under 'Shellcove Road Group' NSHS1246.

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Designer/Maker: B J Waterhouse
Physical description: The elevations are composed of slate hipped and gabled roofs, a turreted enclosure to a spiral staircase, casement windows and carriageway arch, roughcast walls with sandstone foundations and front wall. Further interest is added by the use of face brickwork and unusual chimney detailing. The gabled wing facing the street contains staff quarters and a garage. The property once had extensive grounds stretching down to Shell Cove but the waterfrontage has been subdivided off, fortunately not in a way which as yet diminishes the view of this imposing residence from the harbour.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alterations
Further information: 27, 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 49 Shellcove Road, Neutral Bay


Historical notes: Built 1914 for Mayor S H Evans-Booker at a cost of 10,000 pounds. It was for many years the residence of H E Pratten, M P, a former Commonwealth Government Minister for Trade and Customs.

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 f)
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
Regional Environmental Plan     
Local Environmental Plan I068902 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931249Tony 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: 2181249

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