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Weatherboard House

Item details

Name of item: Weatherboard House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 66-70 Great Western Highway, Emu Plains, NSW 2750
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Penrith
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
66-70 Great Western HighwayEmu PlainsPenrith CumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Federation weatherboard cottage, albeit restored and sympathetically altered, is an excellent example of its type in retaining characteristic features of the era of construction. The location of the building provides an element of distinction in the streetscape. The cottage is one of a handful of buildings of historic character extant in this part of Emu Plains and contributes to appreciating the historic importance of this area with its major road intersection and proximity to the railway precinct.

The cottage together with other structures was erected in Emu Plains over the nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth century and demonstrate the pattern of a village settlement at this important location at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
Date significance updated: 25 Feb 05
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Description

Physical description: The cottage is a modest turn of the century cottage located on the Great Western Highway. The cottage is constructed in weatherboards and has a gambrel roof sheeted in galvanised corrugated steel. The front verandah has bullnose profiled roof supported by decorative turned timber columns with simple decorative timber brackets and turned timber frieze. The verandah floor is a timber structure and balustraded with turned posts. The symmetrical front elevation has a centred door and flanking French doors. The cottage has been restored in recent years and some sympathetic alterations and additions made to the side and rear. There are a number of mature trees located in the nature strip that contribute to the setting of the cottage.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The external detailing of the house appears to be intact. (Fox * Associates 1987:
Date condition updated:25 Feb 05
Modifications and dates: Restored 2002. French doors - replicas.

History

Historical notes: The weatherboard cottage was constructed c1910 for the Andrews family and originally formed the homestead for a dairy farm and orchard. The architect and builder are unknown, however a new bathroom was added and double hung windows replaced c1960. The kitchen was renovated c1970 and the front and rear verandah's were enclosed around this time. Former outbuilding sheds were adjoining at the southern end of the cottage and an adjoining screened plant propegation area improved. During the late twentieth century the property suffered neglect including rustered gutters, water damage and white ant attack.

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 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. Rural villages-
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 Rural villages-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The cottage demonstrates the development of Emu Plains as a rural village in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is a good example of its type in retaining characteristic features of the era of construction.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The cottage was erected in Emu Plains in the early part of the twentieth century and demonstrates the pattern of a village settlement at this important location at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
Integrity/Intactness: High externally
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 PlanWeatherboard HouseEP-1120 Dec 91 180 
Local Environmental PlanPenrith LEP 20106022 Sep 10   
Heritage study 226006001 Nov 07   
Heritage studyWeatherboard HouseEP-1101 Apr 87   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Penrith Heritage Study Review2005EP-11Paul Davies Pty. Ltd.Paul Davies Pty Ltd Yes
Heritage Study City of Penrith1987EP-11Fox & Associates  No

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2260060


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