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Lansdowne Hotel Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Lansdowne Hotel Including Interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Primary address: 2-6 City Road, Chippendale, NSW 2008
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2-6 City RoadChippendaleSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Lansdowne hotel is a fine example of a 1920s hotel designed by prominent architect Sydney Warden. It is a prominent landmark and makes an important contribution to the streetscape of City Road in the vicinity of Broadway.
Date significance updated: 07 Aug 06
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Designer/Maker: Sidney Warden
Construction years: 1924-1926
Physical description: Four storey face brick Inter-War hotel building. City Road elevation is characterised by two separate towers at each end joined together by a recessed bay which has balconies to the first and ` floors and name of the hotel inscribed on the parapet. The City Road elevation is finely detailed with third floor windows having Juliet balconies. The Knox Street elevation is plainer with string coursing above and below and the first and second floor openings. The ground floor openings have been altered.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Medium physical condition
Date condition updated:23 Nov 01
Modifications and dates: Internal alterations to ground floor. External wall tiles were replaced in 2001 in keeping with the period of the building. First floor balcony enclosed with glazing.
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Current use: Hotel
Former use: Hotel


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

City Road was originally named Cooks River Road and is part of the original land grant to Thomas Chippendale. Construction begun on the hotel in 1924 and was completed in 1926. The building was designed by prominent Sydney architect, Sidney Warden. The hotel has traded under the name "Lansdowne Hotel" since construction.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
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 Community facilities-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building is a good example of an Inter-War hotel. The Hotel holds historical significance due to its connection with prominent Sydney architect, Sydney Warden. It is also evidence of the high-density, working class nature of the Chippendale area.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A refined and good example of a 1920s hotel building that is a landmark along City Road.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The hotel continues to be local meeting point for local residents and workers from nearby commercial operations
SHR Criteria f)
The building is not rare
SHR Criteria g)
A representative example of an Inter-War hotel building
Integrity/Intactness: Externally high level of intactness
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:

Heritage Impact Statement required for any new works proposed. Brickwork not to be painted, rendered or coated. Existing balconies not to be enclosed. Ground floor external wall tiles should be reinstated on Knox Street elevation. The building should be retained and conserved. . There shall be no vertical additions to the building and no alterations to the fa├žade 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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I17214 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Chippendale Heritage Conservation Study1999 Architectural Projects Pty Ltd  Yes
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
WrittenBuilding1926Building Magazine July 12 1926

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420282

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