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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 17 Northcliff Street, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
17 Northcliff StreetMilsons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A an example of a typical two storey terrace house in the Federation filigree style, part of a group of four. One of the few nineteenth century buildings left on the west of the Bridge in Milson's Point. Fine example of its type, relatively intact despite alterations. Important reminder of nineteenth century character and importance of vicinity leading to this type of housing.

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Physical description: One of a pair of two storey rendered brick terrace houses (nos. 15 & 17 Northcliff Street) with two-level verandahs and characterised by a three facet bay on each ground floor behind iron-lace balustrades and valences and a pike and rail fence. Two storey rendered masonry Victorian terrace house with a pitched, corrugated metal roof with two modern roof lights. Render marked with coursing lines. Two storey timber verandah set between flanking party walls with cast iron lacework balustrade and valance. Modern folding doors to the first floor verandah with a side door and fanlight. Faceted bay to the ground floor with two pane double hung sash windows. Cast iron palisade fence to front on sandstone base. Hipped roof wing to rear in painted brick.
One of a pair of two storey rendered brick terrace houses (nos. 15 & 17 Northcliff Street) with two-level verandahs and characterised by a three facet bay on each ground floor behind iron-lace balustrades and valences and a pike and rail fence. The upper verandahs have been modified. while No. 17 has a simple timber balustrade. Verandah roofs are of corrugated iron and No. 17 retains its original slate roof behind.This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Rooflights
AC unit to front window
Folding doors to first floor
Further information: One of a group of four terrace houses 15-21 Northcliff Street
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Residential - State Themes: Urban settlements. Building styles.


Historical notes: Land part of Robert Ryan's grant of 1800, acquired by Robert Campbell in 1801 and passed to John Campbell in 1846. Subdivision of area began in 1854 and proceeded throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century. This area once very close to Milson's Point Wharf, Tram, Bus and Ferry Transport Interchange but character radically altered by construction and opening of the Harbour Bridge.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (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]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Local significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
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: Good/Moderate
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 I053302 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931736Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 19/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181736

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