Walden | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Walden
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 23A Lower Wycombe Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23A Lower Wycombe RoadKurraba PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An excellent example of a Georgian Revival/Mediterranean bungalow designed by William Hardy Wilson. Intact interior decorative features including but not limited to; original timber floorboards, timber skirting boards, tiled fireplaces with timber mantle pieces, paneled plaster ceilings and glazing. It is indicative of the evolving tastes in residential building design in the early twentieth century and provides evidence of diversity in the stock of fine late-nineteenth and early twentieth century houses in the vicinity. It forms part of a group of at least five buildings in Kurraba Point /Neutral Bay associated with William Hardy Wilson and/or his partner Stacey Arthur Neave.
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: 10 Sep 18
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Designer/Maker: William Hardy Wilson
Construction years: 1912-1913
Physical description: Single storey brick house with a terracotta tiled hipped gable roof. The asymmetric frontage features a full length verandah carried an slender classical columns, the section in front of the entrance door projecting forward of the rest. Verandah balustrade is of slatted timber with a simple curved central brace. This building is designed in the Georgian Revival/ Mediterranean style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Intact interior room configuration and interior detailing.
Modifications and dates: Minor alteration
Current use: Private residence


Historical notes: The earliest of William Hardy Wilson's houses in North Sydney. It was constructed for Miss Mary Davey (sometimes spelt as 'Davy') in 1912.
The site was formerly known as 73 Kurraba Rd and has been subdivided.
It is similar in scale to other highly acclaimed dwellings designed by Hardy Wilson including:
Eryldene at Macintosh St, Gordon
Macquarie Cottage, Avon Rd , Pymble
Purulia, Fox Valley Rd, Warrawee
Montrose House, Gaskill St, Canowinda

There are no less than five of Hardy Wilson's dwellings listed on the Australian Institute of Architects Register of Significant Architecture.

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 b)
[Associative significance]
Regional significance with eminent architect William Hardy Wilson and his partner Stacey Arthur Neave. Hardy Wilson is considered to be one of the most outstanding architects of the twentieth century. His works, with those of Professor Leslie Wilkinson, have influenced many Australian architects working in the 1920s and 1930s to design with a 'composite idiom of Australian colonial, British Georgian and also Mediterranean vernacular influences.' http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/wilson-william-hardy-9147
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Regional Significance
SHR Criteria f)
One of a group of five dwellings associated with Hardy Wilson and Stacey Arthur Neave in Kurraba Point/ Neutral Bay.
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 locally.
Integrity/Intactness: _Intact primary form. Minor addition on eastern side (to be confirmed). Intact interior room configuration. Intact decorative interior features.
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.

Recommended management:

Re-open view of the dwelling to the street. Remove unsympathetic front fence.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I074002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931371Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB Oct 92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181371

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