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Flat building

Item details

Name of item: Flat building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 3-5 Harriette St, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3-5 Harriette StNeutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An interesting and unusual semi-detached pair of houses of sandstone ashlar. Originally believed to be Federation, although now considered to be Victorian Tudor in design styling. It is striking in appearance, with strong symmetry and restained detailing. It is representative of its type and period but unusual in materials and stylisation.

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Date significance updated: 08 Feb 12
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Physical description: Originally a three storey semi-detached pair of houses of rusticated sandstone ashlar, with a hipped gable roof of terracotta tiles. The building is symmetrical (around the central wall, with adjacent Tudoresque pediments over the entry bays on the Harriette Street frontage, and matching pediments, widely spaced on the opposite facade, which also has a cantilevered verandah on the second level with cast-iron posts supporting a bull-nosed corrugated-iron roof. The building was clearly orientated away from Harriette Street, with the verandahs facing views to the south. Now divided into units. Some interior decoration intact. Ten foot ceilings with decorative features, original joinery. Arched brick details to interior openings. This building was designed in the Victorian Tudor style.
Date condition updated:09 Feb 12
Modifications and dates: The stairs from Harriette Street to the upper levels is an addition.


Historical notes: Part of the Neutral Bay Land Company development, though possibly predates this Company. Listed for sale circa 1890 when occupied by Mr Urguhart and Mr Milne respectively, the building is shown on 1890 Water Board Block plans.

Rate and Valuation Book 1886 unfinished Stone Houses.
Rate and Valuation Book 1887 House / House. Constuction appears to have started in 1886 and finished in 1887.

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 f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. 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 I062402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931269Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB Oct 92 Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181269

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