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Erskineville Hotel Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Erskineville Hotel Including Interior
Other name/s: Erskineville Arms
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Primary address: 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW 2043
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
102 Erskineville RoadErskinevilleSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The unusual and striking design of the Erskineville Hotel by prominent architects Copeman, Lemont & Keesing makes a strong visual impression. Its clear aesthetic appeal makes a strong contribution to the streetscape, reinforced by its open and prominent corner position. The external aspect of the Erskineville Hotel at the first floor and parapet levels appears significant as a highly intact and rare example of a resolved Art Deco design. However, alterations to the ground floor detract from its streetscape contribution, an impression reinforced by the profusion of signage and advertising at this level.
Date significance updated: 20 Dec 11
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Description

Designer/Maker: Copeman Lemont & Keesing
Physical description: .The Erskineville Hotel is a two storey Inter-War hotel with prominent Art Deco styling. Situated on a wedge-shaped block, the hotel presents prominent facades to both Swanston and Septimus Streets. The facades are joined by a narrow elevation carrying a large vertical fin, itself comprising three stepped brick columns either side of a projecting multi-pane light shaft.
The second storey of the hotel carries a very high parapet. Framed at each end by paler brick quoins, the parapet face is a series of alternating projecting and recessed face brick courses, set over a rendered strip carrying the hotel’s name in highly stylised art deco lettering.
The facade at the second storey comprises a central balcony recess. Double-hung sash windows are set either side of the balcony.
At the apex a strong vertical fin projects well forward of the building and is the dominant visual element to the building. A wide, curved, cantilevered awning is set over the ground floor.
The ground floor facade is of painted render, and all doors and openings have been replaced with new joinery.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
In good condition with a high degree of original fabric intact and high potential for restoration.
Date condition updated:29 Apr 05
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..

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

There was originally a 3 storey Victorian style hotel on the site with cantilevered balconies. The original hotel appears to have been demolished circa 1940, possibly under BA 2884/39 as it cost 7500 pounds - and rebuilt behind the road widening realignment as a 2 storey hotel. Sand's Directories shows the site occupied by a hotel known as The Erskineville Arms, licensee William DM Irwin, in 1882. By 1885 the hotel was shown as Erskineville Hotel, licensee James French. In 1892 the hotel was listed as in Macdonaldtown. Licensees WP Mulligan (1892); John Talbot (1900); WP Mulligan (1910), WH Masters (1920), WJ Dennett (1948). [Information sourced from Christine Edney's "Where did all the drinking holes go: an historical survey of City of Sydney Hotels south of Cleveland Street", 2006].

The current hotel building on the site was designed by Copeman Lemont & Keesing architects in 1940.

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)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Erskineville Hotel represents commercial development that grew along the main traffic routes - Erskineville Road as the residential communities expanded. This site has been occupied by a hotel since at least 1882.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with prominent architects Copeman, Lemont & Keesing.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Erskineville Hotel is a fine representative example of an Inter - war Art Deco style hotel. Its clear aesthetic appeal makes a strong contribution to the streetscape, reinforced by its open and prominent corner position. The external aspect of the Erskineville Hotel at the first floor and parapet levels appears significant as a highly intact and rare example of a resolved Art Deco design. However, alterations to the ground floor detract from its streetscape contribution, an impression reinforced by the profusion of signage and advertising at this level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The hotel is a community focus
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Erskineville Hotel is a good representative example of an Inter - war Art Deco style hotel
Integrity/Intactness: High
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 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 2012I61014 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenChristine Edney2006Where did all the drinking holes go: an historical survey of City of Sydney Hotels south of Cleveland Street

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: 2420715


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