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Once Upon A Time

Item details

Name of item: Once Upon A Time
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 115A Kurraba Road, Kurraba Point - Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
115A Kurraba RoadKurraba Point - Neutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A prominent and well-known harbourside three-storey house which is a characteristic example of the Inter-War Functionalist style. The building is associated with the construction of the Captain Cook Graving Dock, having been moved from Potts Point in 1942. The house is a well-known harbourside landmark and its stylisation was influential on later harbourside designs. The building is associated with Wyldefel Gardens in Potts where it was originally located.
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A prominent and well-known harbourside house which is a characteristic example of the Inter-War Functionalist style. The building is associated with the construction of the Captain Cook Graving Dock, having been moved from Potts Point in 1942. The house is a well-known harbourside landmark and its stylisation was influential on later harbourside designs.

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Description

Physical description: The building is a four storey block of apartments set on a terraced site on the waters edge at the Kurraba Road wharf. The building is divided into three apartments with the lower apartment on two levels with an internal, timber staircase. The building is rectangular in plan and is constructed in rendered masonry with a bituminuous felt, flat roof with parapets all round. There are steel framed windows and doors with several decorative leadlight windows. Some of the steel windows have recently been replaced. Unit 1 has a small, enclosed sunroom in aluminium framing at the land end. There is a wrap around timber balcony at the two upper levels with timber decking supported on timber joists supported on a painted steel structure on decorative curved brackets back to the building.
There are tiled terraces to the south at each level with sandstone retaining walls and cement steps connecting them. The terraces have some ponds and planting, including a high Aurucaria tree to the lower level. There is a rendered pergola structure along the waters edge.
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A three storey rendered brick house with a flat roof behind a raised parapet, featuring steel-framed windows, cantilevered steel balconies on each level above ground, curved walls with curved windows and a classically columned border to a harbourside pool which was never excavated. This building is designed in the Inter-War Functionalist style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
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Minor Alteration
Further information: Part of Wyldefel Gardens that was moved to the North Shore when the naval docks were extended.
Current use: Residential Private

History

Historical notes: Believed to have been erected at Potts Point in 1936 as the home of WA Crowle, with the resumption of the Potts Point Waterfront for the construction of the Captain Cook Graving Dock in 1940-1945. This house was reputedly deconstructed and carried across the harbour by barges for re-erection at this site.

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]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Potential
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High regional significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
High local significance
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
This item is assessed as historically rare regionally and rare aesthetically locally.
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This item is assessed as historically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good/High
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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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I066002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931382Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB Oct 92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

None

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181382


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