Terrace House "Santa Fe" Including Interior | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

Culture and heritage

Heritage

Terrace House "Santa Fe" Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Terrace House "Santa Fe" Including Interior
Other name/s: Holiday Lodge Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 55 Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
55 Macleay StreetPotts PointSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Santa Fe has local historic and aesthetic significance. It is one of five grand three-storey Federation Queen Anne style terraces at 55-63 Macleay Street, which is the surviving half of a set of 10 terraces, designed by architect Maurice B Halligan, that contribute to the streetscape.

The surviving terraces are of historical evidence for their history of change since 1905 from grand residents, to hotel, boarding house or apartment uses, illustrating the changing nature of Potts Point. The property also has historical associations with the Yellow House cooperative, which established at 57-59 Macleay street, which expanded into 55 Macleay Street from 1971-1973.
Date significance updated: 10 Jun 10
Note: The State Heritage Inventory provides information about heritage items listed by local and State government agencies. The State Heritage Inventory is continually being updated by local and State agencies as new information becomes available. Read the OEH copyright and disclaimer.

Description

Designer/Maker: Maurice D. Halligan
Builder/Maker: Moodie Bros, Sydney
Physical description: Santa Fe is a three storey Federation Queen Anne style terrace which was originally face brickwork with contrasting stucco and rough-cast stucco detailing. The façade has been painted white. Characteristics of the facade include symmetric form with 3 bays above ground floor and a dominant roof and centrally located large gable. The first and second floor front verandas and bay windows have been enclosed. The outer bays have small gables with a stucco finish.

The roofing was originally slate with terracotta ridge capping but this been replaced with concrete roof tiles.

The face brickwork to the side elevations and rear of the chimneys, including the terracotta chimney pots are extant. At the rear there have been a number of additions and a large number of windows have been altered.

An attic level has been added with an additional stair ( extending up from the original third storey, near the original staircase.)Internally most of the original room configuration is either extant or can be recovered.

Significant internal fabric that survives includes the main timber stair, two original ceilings and ceiling roses, some skirting boards, timber joinery surrounds to doors, and tessellated tiles to both the ground floor verandah and hallway.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good physical condition
Date condition updated:03 Dec 01
Modifications and dates: Externally the façade has been modified.

The first and ground floor balconies have been enclosed, which had been done by 1962.

The face brickwork has been painted white, likely to be from the period 1960s-70s.

The main roof has been reclad with concrete tiles. ( Date unknown, but likely to be 1960s-70s)

In 1987-88 all windows and doors to the façade were replaced with modern timber ( European apart Nouveau style) windows and French doors and Juliet balconies added to the facade.
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

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

The site formed part of the original land grant given to Dr Henry Douglas in 1831. Upon the land, "Adelaide Cottage", was built in the late 1830s for Thomas Shadforth. This cottage was single storey and consisted of twelve rooms, surrounded by lawns and gardens. The cottage was demolished in 1889 and the site subdivided. In 1896, ten houses including No.55, designed by Maurice B Halligan, were constructed for Maurice D. Benjamin facing Macleay Street. Only five of the ten terraces remain. (Nos. 55-63)

Santa Fe has operated as "residential chambers", private flats or as a residential hotel since 1913, either separately or in conjunction with the adjacent building at 57 Macleay Street. Physical evidence of the connection between the two buildings, Nos 55 and 57 is a doorway( currently blocked off) in the ground floor hallway of No 55 which provided internal access into No 57. Due to historic evidence from Sands Directory of Nos. 55 and 57 Macleay Street being operated together as "residential chambers" from 1913-1917, it is believed that this access door would date from that period.

Santa Fe is associated with the Yellow House cooperative, which established at 57-59 Macleay street, which expanded into 55 Macleay Street from 1971-1973. During 1971 part of the ground floor of No 55 Macleay Street is recorded as being used by Brett Whitely for preparing of an art exhibition known as the Bonsai Show.

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]
Santa Fe, dates from one of the key period of layers for the development of Potts Point and provides evidence of the subdivision, and subsequent redevelopment of the original land grant given to Dr Henry Douglas in 1831.

The surviving 5 terraces at Nos. 55-63 Macleay Street are of historical significance for their history of change since 1905 from grand residents, to hotel, boarding house or apartment uses, illustrating the changing nature of Potts Point. They are also survivors of high rise development pressures in the area during the 1960s and 1970s, a period which led to the development of the Yellow House artist's collective at Nos. 57-59 Macleay Street, which expanded into No 55 Macleay Street between 1971-1973.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The original terrace of 10 Federation Queen Anne style terraces at Nos. 45-63 Macleay Street, including the remaining five of these terraces ( 55-64 Macleay Street) were a major work of the well known architect Maurice Bernard Halligan.

The property also has historical associations with the Yellow House cooperative, which established at 57-59 Macleay street, which expanded into 55 Macleay Street from 1971-1973. During 1971 part of the ground floor of No 55 Macleay Street is recorded as being used by Brett Whitely for preparing of an art exhibition known as the Bonsai Show.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Santa Fe , as part of a terrace at No 55-63 Macleay Street, is a fine and distinctive example of Federation Queen Anne style terrace which contributes to the streetscape.. It is one of five estnat terraces from an original set of terraces designed by Archtiect Maurice N. Halligan
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
No 55 Macleay Street is considered rare within the City of Sydney as one of a set of grand three storey Federation Queen Anne Style terraces.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
It is a good representative example of a Federation Queen Anne style terrace.
Integrity/Intactness: Medium levels of integrity
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, or a Conservation Management Plan, should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. Any further development should preserve the existing form, external surfaces and materials of the primary façade. Original door and window openings should not be enlarged or reduced. 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. All remaining significant intact fabric on the Macleay Street façade should be retained and conserved. Future refurbishment should recover significance where possible. As the original building is a significant feature within the Macleay streetscape the addition of further floors to the building should not be contemplated.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I113914 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  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
WrittenPaul Davies P/L201055 Macleay Street, Potts Point - Heritage Impact Statement
WrittenRod Howard Heritage Conservation Pty Ltd199757-59 Macleay Street Assessment of Signficance

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

rez rez
(Click on thumbnail for full size image and image details)

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420411


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in the State Heritage Inventory is correct. If you find any errors or omissions please send your comments to the Database Manager.

All information and pictures on this page are the copyright of the Heritage Division or respective copyright owners.