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Westbank House

Item details

Name of item: Westbank House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 2 Nepean Street, Emu Plains, NSW 2750
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Penrith
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Nepean StreetEmu PlainsPenrith CumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Prominently sited adjacent to the Great Western Highway, the former farm cottage in its varied components and scale demonstrate a continued tradition of a rural economy in the locality over generations. The building 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

Construction years: 1865-1894
Physical description: The item is a stone and brick cottage on the Great Western Highway. The house was built in stages over the last half of the nineteenth century. The earliest central section is reported to have been constructed in the 1860s. This section is in ashlar stone work comprises in its front elevation a set of french doors and sandstone flagged verandah. Wings have been added to each side of the building in brick around the turn of the century. These gabled wings feature decorative bargeboards, large multi-casement windows and window hoods with decorative pressed metal covering. The verandah was remodelled around this time with timber posts and a slatted timber valance, and a bullnose profiled corrugated metal roof with an unusual centred porch. The building is set close to the Great Western Highway and is prominent at the intersection of the highway and Nepean Street. Now located within a relative small suburban sized block the house was originally associated with a larger parcel of land with orchard which extended to the Nepean River. In recent years the property has been developed with additions at the rear, a new brick pillar and aluminium railing fence, and landscaping work inclusive of the mature palm trees. Once open to the neighbouring park the house is now partially obscured.
Date condition updated:25 Feb 05
Modifications and dates: Extended with symmetrical brick wings to either end in 1894

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Agriculture-Activities relating to the cultivation and rearing of plant and animal species, usually for commercial purposes, can include aquaculture Rural settlement-
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 settlement-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The former farmhouse demonstrates rural development over the nineteenth century in Emu Plains.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The cottage is an excellent example of a modest mid-Victorian sandstone cottage with late Victorian brick wings. The different phases of construction demonstrate the prevailing vernacular architectural styles and preferred building materials of the respective periods.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The building 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.
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 PlanWestbank HouseEP-1520 Dec 91 180 
Local Environmental PlanPenrith LEP 20106522 Sep 10   
Heritage study 226006501 Nov 07   
Heritage studyWestbank HouseEP-1501 Apr 87   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
 0EP-15   No
Penrith Heritage Study Review2005EP15Paul Davies Pty. Ltd.Paul Davies Pty Ltd Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenNiccol, B. (not given)

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2260065


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