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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: House and front sandstone/brick retaining walls
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Duplex
Primary address: 42 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
42 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

One of a fine pair of Victorian townhouses with some Federation Filigree influences in an elevated position commanding extensive views with sandstone walling to the front boundary and an out building. The rear service wing remains and most of the interior and exterior detailing appears intact.

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: 15 Nov 19
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Physical description: One of a pair of two storey semi-detached terrace houses (Nos. 40 & 42 Carabella Street) with a painted brick gable with a concrete tile roof with a central pitched roof dormer. Timber verandah to the front set between flanking party walls with timber posts and a cast iron lace balustrade. Arch headed openings with decorative brackets and keystones and two pane double hung sash windows. Skillion roof fibro extension to rear. Decorated barges to the side gable.
The house is raised from the street with steps up from the front garden that has a cast iron palisade fence to the street on a low sandstone block and brick wall.
Decorative panelled plaster ceilings, marble fireplaces, timber joinery including staircase. The rear service wing remains legible and there is a high brick rear boundary wall and an out building on the rear boundary.
One of a pair of two storey semi-detached houses (Nos. 40 & 42 Carabella Street), of rendered brick with semi-circular moulded arches to entry doors, cast-iron lace to verandahs and gabled roof. The roof has been reclad in modern tiles and the upper verandahs clumsily infilled. This building is designed in the Victorian style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good, but with minor alteration.
Roof replaced
Dormer added
Verandah posts replaced
Brickwork painted
Date condition updated:14 Oct 10
Modifications and dates: Converted to multiple occupancy. Reverted to single occupancy in 2011.
Further information: The house was originally in a cream face brick that is still visible on the front fence.

Paired with 40 Carabella Street
Former use: State Themes: Building Styles. Urban Settlements.


Historical notes: Originally a single dwelling but converted to multiple occupancy. Date unknown. Returned to single occupancy in 2011.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Local significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High Local Significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative statewide. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Unsympathetic, to retain as a pair (40-42 Carabella St, Kirribilli)
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 PlanNorth Sydney LEP 2013I019402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931532Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 16/3/92 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: 2181532

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