Nazareth | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Nazareth
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 22 Thrupp Street, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
22 Thrupp StreetNeutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A surviving example of a grand two-storey house of Victorian Italianate style with mixed Federation details, built in 1889 and converted to a residential retreat in 1945. Representative of the type of house typical of the area following the Neutral Bay Land Company subdivision. Part of a collection of fine houses in the vicinity which together characterise the area.
A large, grand house of Italianate style with mixed Federation details. Representative of the type of house typical of the area following the Neutral Bay Land Company subdivision. Part of a collection of fine houses in the vicinity which together characterise the area.

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Physical description: Two storey rendered brick house with a hipped slate roof and verandahs roofed in corrugated iron. It features a dentillated cornice at eaves level, moulded window openings, moulded quoins to building corners, porjecting rectangular bay windows and an enclosed, ground floor verandah on two sides. Has extensive views of the harbour. This building is designed in the Victorian Italianate style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: 1910
1945 converted to religious retreat
Further information: A surviving grand mansion
Current use: Residential Private
Former use: Religious Retreat/Residential Private


Historical notes: Land granted by the Crown to Alfred Thrupp July 1830 (700 acres). 'St Ronan's' was designed as a family residence in the 1889 and built by Patrick. J. Clarke, altered in 1910. Private residence continued until 1945 when it was altered for use as a residential retreat house for a religious order, used as such for over 50 years. The form and planning of much of the structure is significant becuase of its ability to demonstrate the early layout of this prime example of an upper middle class Late Victorian house. The main roof of the building is slate and the verandah metal roofs. The lower garden areas have undergone considerable modification from the original and subsequent design intent.

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)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
Rare Historically Locally
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 locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good/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
Local Environmental Plan I071402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931322Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB Oct 92 Yes
Heritage and Cultural Resources Study1998 Paul Davies  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: 2181322

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