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Sierenza

Item details

Name of item: Sierenza
Other name/s: Esperanza, Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 83 Harrow Road, Bexley, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
83 Harrow RoadBexleyRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 83 Harrow Road, Bexley is historically significant as evidence of the development of commuter suburbs in the Rockdale area and the growth of Bexley at the end of the 19th century. The house is aesthetically significant as a rare example of an early Federation house with a series of Dutch gables on the front and side facades that makes a significant contribution to Harrow Road's historic character.
Date significance updated: 27 Sep 10
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Description

Physical description: An unusual single storey late Federation style dwelling with twin Dutch gable ends facing Harrow Road and a single Dutch gable facing the northern side. The building has a hipped gable roof which is clad in concrete tiles. The veranda is supported on short timber posts supported on tall brick columns with decorative timber brackets. The name "Esperanza" is written over the entry. The gables have bay windows with twin windows in each set above a panel of stucco. The Dutch gable ends are face brick with a decorative diamond inset.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
This dwelling is largely intact and is in good condition.
Date condition updated:11 Aug 10
Modifications and dates: The original lot has been subdivide and there is a dwelling at the rear. The veranda has been extended at the side to incorporate a car port.
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling

History

Historical notes: The subject property is part of 1200 acres granted by Governor Brisbane to merchant James Chandler in 1831. The land was first auctioned as part of the Ocean View Estate in 1883. The subject house was built in the 1890s, and may have been built for J Llewellyn, the listed occupant in 1899, who named the house Esperanza. By 1910 Esperanza was in the occupation of Ellen (or Helen) Wood, widow of Charles William Wood, who remained at the house until her death in 1942 (‘Deaths’, SMH, 3 September 1942).
Although listed in the Rockdale LEP as Sierenza it is not clear where this name came from, or whether it was ever used for the house..

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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]
The building at 83 Harrow Road, Bexley is historically significant as evidence of the development of commuter suburbs in the Rockdale area and the growth of Bexley at the end of the 19th century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is aesthetically significant as a rare example of an early Federation house with a series of Dutch gables on the front and side facades that makes a significant contribution to Harrow Road's historic character.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The house is a rare example of an early Federation house with Dutch gable ends.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The house is an excellent representative example of a Federation house with Dutch inspired influences.
Integrity/Intactness: The building is substantially intact
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 PlanRockdale LEP 2011I14805 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes
Heritage Advisory Council1992R26R. Rathbone  No
Heritage Advisory Committee0 R. Rathbone  No

References, internet links & images

None

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2330099


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