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House "Babington" Including Interior and Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Babington" Including Interior and Grounds
Other name/s: Stanton Hall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 2 Martin Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Martin RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address
Robertson RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Aesthetically significant as a very fine representative example of Inter-War Free Classical style, designed by a major architectural team of the period, Burcham Clamp and Mackellar, which makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. It has group value as part of a group of grand houses from the same period due to covenant and siting restrictions which have ensured a high quality streetscape. The site has historic significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
Date significance updated: 16 May 06
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Description

Designer/Maker: Burcham Clamp & McKellar
Construction years: 1919-1919
Physical description: Substantial red brick 2 storey with attic Inter War Free Classical style residence with hipped lead capping and hidden flashings. Located on a prominent corner site, the building features a large 2 storey semi-circular stuccoed bay to the Martin Road elevation with an open porch to the ground floor featuring a pair of doric columns and rectangular pilasters. The entry door is timber framed around the glazing with 2 similar sidelights and 3 fanlights with bevelled edged glass. The doorcase features a classical pediment supported on 6 fluted pilasters, a pair at each edge of the doorcase, and 2 between the door and the sidelights. Windows are timber framed casements, many with geometric leadlight patterns but without coloured glass. The front door features etched glass with a tree pattern. The Robertson Road elevation features 2 two storey bays with semi-circular single storey bay projections on doric columns joined by a colonnade at ground floor level and a terrace above. There is one dormer window with a hipped slate roof with hidden flashings and a square roof lantern on the Robertson Road elevation.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:11 Oct 12
Further information: 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 the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are constantly updated by the City 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 Conservation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential, Nurses housing

History

Historical notes: The "Eora people" was the name given to the coastal Aborigines around Sydney. Central Sydney is therefore often referred to as "Eora Country". Within the City of Sydney local government area, the traditional owners are the Cadigal and Wangal bands of the Eora. .

With European occuaption of the Sydney region in 1788 , the Cadigal and Wangal people were largely decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

The site formed part of the Centennial Park lands subdivision in 1905 and the existing building was constructed 1919 to a design by architects Burcham Clamp & McKellar. It first appears as occupied in 1922 Sands Directories, occupant J.B Davis, house name "Babington". Land originally purchased in 1914 by William Newcombe. Later owned by Mr HJ and Mrs ME Rogan of Bellevue Hill, its was used as the nurses quarters for the "Dutch Hospital". The house was occupied by the Army during World War II.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Babington provides evidence of the 1905 subdivision of Centennial Park lands, intended to fund the landscaping and development of Centennial Park, and subsequent development phase..
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with prominent architects Burcham Clamp and Mackellar.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Fine example of an Inter - War Free Classical style residence in a landscaped setting on a large prominent corner.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Representative example of an Inter-war Academic Classical style house
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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.

Recommended management:

The building should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. There shall be no vertical additions to the building and no alterations to the facade of the building other than to reinstate original features. Any additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of less significance, shall not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the Sydney City Council Development Control Plan. The building should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement, or a Conservation Management Plan, should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. There shall be no vertical additions to the building and no alterations to the façade of the building other than to reinstate original features. The principal room layout and planning configuration as well as significant internal original features including ceilings, cornices, joinery, flooring and fireplaces should be retained and conserved. Any additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of less significance, should not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the relevant planning controls.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I12914 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study19933.11Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes
Martin Road, Centennial Park, Conservation Area Study and Guidelines Report2000 Kemp and Johnson Heritage Consultants and Planning Strategies P/L  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420229


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