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House "Romahapa" Including Interior and Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Romahapa" Including Interior and Grounds
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 22-24 Martin Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
22-24 Martin RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address
22-24 Martin RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Romahapa is aesthetically significant as a substantial architect designed Federation Arts & Crafts style house, 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: 28 Oct 11
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Description

Designer/Maker: T.P. Sampson, architect
Physical description: Located on a large block (essentially this is 22-24 Martin Road), this is a substantial two storey Federation Arts & Crafts style house with roughcast rendered walls, and a hipped and gabled slate roof with metal ridge capping, featuring a central rectangular chimney. Features a two storey faceted bay window with timber shingled gable ends and spandrels. Plain timber framed casement windows and square fanlights. Aluminium framed windows enclose an original recessed verandah.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Substantially intact except for aluminium framed window enclosure of recessed verandah.
Date condition updated:09 Mar 00
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.

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. There is no written record of the name of the language spoken and currently there are debates as whether the coastal peoples spoke a separate language "Eora" or whether this was actually a dialect of the Dharug language. Remnant bushland in places like Blackwattle Bay retain elements of traditional plant, bird and animal life, including fish and rock oysters.

With the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today. All cities include many immigrants in their population. Aboriginal people from across the state have been attracted to suburbs such as Pyrmont, Balmain, Rozelle, Glebe and Redfern since the 1930s. Changes in government legislation in the 1960s provided freedom of movement enabling more Aboriginal people to choose to live in Sydney.

(Information sourced from Anita Heiss, "Aboriginal People and Place", Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/barani )

Designed by architect T.P. Sampson, this house is first show as occupied in the 1914 Sand's Directory, occupant Jack. M. Miller, house name "Romalapa".

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]
Romahapa 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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetically significant as a substantial architect designed Federation Arts & Crafts style house, 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.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Representative of Federation Arts & Crafts style.
Integrity/Intactness: 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.

Recommended management:

Requires Conservation Management Plan prior to any major alterations. 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 2012I13714 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Draft South Sydney LEP Amendment No.90    No

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: 2420245


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