Isla | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Isla
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 89 Wycombe Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
89 Wycombe RoadNeutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A large and elaborate house of Federation Arts and Crafts style, design by prominent architects Jeffreson Jackson and James Peddle. The landscape setting and interior are also of significance. Associated with St Augustines Church as the Rectory between 1939 and 1990. One of a collection of fine houses in the vicinity which taken together characterise the area.

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 May 14
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Designer/Maker: E. Jeaffreson Jackson
Physical description: A substantial two storey brick house with multi-gabled terracotta tile roof. Features include circular accent windows, semi-circular windows, elaborate timber balustrades and brackets to verandahs, bay windows, shingled gable ends and a roughcast rendered upper storey. The interior retains many original features. There is a significant landscape setting and an original sandstone block front boundary wall.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Craft style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:


Historical notes: House built in 1903, for Cargill family, later acquired by the Phillips family. Purchased by the Church as a Rectory in 1939. Coach house and entertainment centre was on north end of house was first a sunday school, then ,comfort centre during WW2, then was adopted as a curate's lodge. Sold to private owners circa 1990.

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 Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This item is associated with the work of eminent architect Jeaffreson Jackson.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally.
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
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931368Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB Oct 92 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181368

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