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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Duplex
Primary address: 58 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
58 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A fine example of a Federation period pair of semi-detached Federation Filigree houses and one of the best examples in Kirribilli. The house is set prominantly above the street with an elaborately detailed verandah.
A fine example of a Federation period pair of semi-detached houses and one of the best examples in Kirribilli. Typical of the turn of the century development in the area at the upper end of the market.

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Physical description: A two-storey semi detached painted brick house with a hipped terracotta tile roof with decorated cappings and finials. Elaborate two storey timber verandah with turned timber post, timber balustrade and quadrant brackets. Side entry with verandah with decorative leadlight sidelights.
Set high above the street with an undercorft. The sites slopes to the rear. Garden to the front with steps to the street and sandstone retaining wall topped with a timber pailing fence with a stone lych gate.
One of a pair of Federation two-storey semi-detached houses (Nos. 56 & 58 Carabella Street), of brick on stone foundation with Marseilles tile roof. Elaborate timber verandah with turned posts and slatted railing. This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Very good.
Minor Alteration
Modifications and dates: The service areas and rear of buildings have been modernised in the late 1970's.
Further information: 56 Carabella Street, built in 1900 but restored in the 1970s.
Former use: State Themes: Building styles. Urban settlements.


Historical notes: Built in 1900 as near city townhouses, they have been used as such since construction. Restored in the 1970s, they remain in excellent condition.

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)
Rafe historically locally
Representative aesthetically locally
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Sympathetic, intactness is high having the balustrade replaced and brickwork painted.
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 I019902 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931533Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181533

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