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Residential Flat and Retail Building Group "Strickland Building" including interior

Item details

Name of item: Residential Flat and Retail Building Group "Strickland Building" including interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 54-62 Balfour Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
54-62 Balfour StreetChippendaleSydney  Primary Address
17-25 Meagher StreetChippendaleSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Of historical significance as an early, innovative and substantial residential apartment development. Of architectural significance for its detailing and original integrity. The complex is of environmental importance, greatly contributing to the character of its community.
Date significance updated: 07 Aug 06
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Designer/Maker: R. M. Broderick, City Council Architect
Physical description: Three storey Federation Arts and Crafts style residential flat building.Occupying an entire block, these early apartments mark an important transition from terrace to flat dwelling. The overall massing and integration of the building with its gardens is well-executed. The building possesses a good range of material in its elevational composition including sandstone, plinth, timber detailing, face brickwork and roughcaste stucco. Excellent retention of original detailing to interior and exterior public spaces. Commercial premises form a part of the complex at the northern and southern ends. Category:Individual Building. Style:Federation Arts and Crafts, Federation Free Style. Storeys:3.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
General Details:Refer to Archaeological Zoning Plan.
Date condition updated:07 Aug 06
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.


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 )

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Of historical significance as an early, innovative and substantial residential apartment development. Has historic significance locally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Of architectural significance for its detailing and original integrity. Has aesthetic significance locally.
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. 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 2012I16314 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  National Trust Register listing
Written  Royal Australian Institute of Architects listing
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City View detail

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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420437

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