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The Cobbles

Item details

Name of item: The Cobbles
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 49 Shellcove Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
49 Shellcove RoadKurraba PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Cobbles is an excellent example of the Californian Bungalow and undoubtedly owes much to the architect James Peddle's period of practice in California. It shows the Australian substitution of brick for the original timber structures of the Greene Brothers in Pasadena, but reveals a close appraisal of their work in its concern with hand crafts-manship, expression of roof timbers and use of natural materials. As an early prototype of the Californian Bungalow idiom it is a sensitive, charming but unhappily unique expression of this popular but abused housing form of the twenties. See also Shellcove Road Group NSHS1246.
A well integrated group of brick and rough cast stuccoed residences unified by strong roof forms, sympathetic materials and details such as rusticated stone boundary walls and timber work, which form the finest streetscape on Kurraba Point and one of the more noteworthy near the harbour generally.

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Designer/Maker: Peddle & Thorp
Physical description: The Cobbles is an early Australian translation of the 'Californian Bunglow' and exhibit the identifying characteristics of this idiom. The house is set on a terraced garden slope, meeting the landscape in a paved forecourt. Its lines are low scaled and intimate, massing is simple with shallow terra cotta shingled roof planes intersecting over a jutting bay. Built of liver bricks, random glazed headers, rough sawn boarding and leaded windows with glass roundels, lend an air of domestic rusticity. The Arts and Crafts origin of th style is seen in the exposed structural roof timbers, the hand-made glass and front door fittings of hand-wrought metal. A battered cobblestone chimney symptomatic of the idiom, gives the house its name. The interior appears to be original. The main room is characteristically fitted with simple dado panelling and brown tiled fire surround with adjacent built-in bookshelf. Additions to the rear of house have retained the original character.This building is designed in the Inter-War California Bungalow style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:04 Mar 11
Further information: 27, 29, 31, 31A, 33, 37, 39, 49 Shellcove Road, Neutral Bay


Historical notes: Built in 1918 to the design of Peddle and Thorp as the Thorp residence.

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 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 I069402 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931253Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB October 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181253

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