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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 36 Jeffreys Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
36 Jeffreys StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An outstanding example of a two storey Victorian Free Classical style terrace house, one of a group of five that have been designed as a whole with high quality stucco and brick decoration to the facades and cast iron lacework.
See Group Card NSHS0080.
A varied collection of late nineteenth century terrace houses which exhibit a variety of period detailing and layouts, whilst having a similar basic form. They mark the former central township of Milson's Point prior to the Bridge's construction. The interior is also of significance.

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: 21 Feb 12
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Physical description: One of a group of terrace houses (nos. 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 Jeffreys Street) each characteristed by upper and lower verandah valences formed as heavily moulded brick and stucco pairs of semi-circular arches with elaborate cast-iron balustrades. The two flanking and the centre house each have a projecting gable to the street frontage.
It is a two storey painted brick terrace house designed in a complex form with the four adjoining houses. Pitched roof in corrugated metal with expressed party walls and a pitched roof gabled dormer with weatherboards and a circular window. Render and brick chimney with decorative capping. Heavily decorated facade with double arches at both levels forming a porch at the ground floor with tessellated floor tiles and a replacement cast iron lace balustrade and a verandah (enclosed) above with decorative cast iron balustrade. Extensive stucco decoration with pilasters, hood mouldings and keystones and painted tuck-pointed brickwork to the lower verandah. Three storey painted brick wing to the rear with timber balconies and corbelled brick chimney.
One of a two storey terrace of five houses (nos. 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 Jeffreys Street) each characteristed by upper and lower verandah valences formed as heavily moulded brick and stucco pairs of semi-circular arches with elaborate cast-iron balustrades. The two flanking and the centre house each have a projecting gable to the street frontage. This building is designed in the Victorian Free Classical style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Roof replaced
Paint to brickwork
Verandah enclosed
Verandah balustrade replaced
Further information: 18 - 56 Jeffreys Street , 38 Pitt Street, 41 - 45 Pitt Street, Kirribilli
Current use: Residential Private
Former use: State Themes: Urban Settlements, Building Styles


Historical notes: These terraces are on land which is part of 120 acres granted to Robert Ryan on 26 April, 1800 ('laying and situate on the North side of the Harbour opposite Sydney Cove to be known by the name of Hunters Hill to be had free for 5 years'). The land was given for clearing and cultivation and would revert to His Majesty if not carried out within one year. The terraces were built in the 1880's and are structurally sound, but each has been altered by individual owners. They are unusual for the North Shore.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High regional significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
Rare Aesthetically 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 locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Moderate level of 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
Local Environmental Plan I024802 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931646Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  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: 2181646

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