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House Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: House Including Interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 134 George Street, Erskineville, NSW 2043
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
134 George StreetErskinevilleSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

134 George Street is of aesthetic significance as a substantial Federation Queen Anne style villa, atypical for Erskineville, and a good example of its style.It has historical significance for its association with the Catholic Church (which requires further research).
Date significance updated: 17 May 07
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Description

Physical description: Two storey Federation Queen Anne style mansion with hipped and gabled unglazed terracotta tiled roof, verandah and balcony with timber posts and decorative timber brackets, timber picket balustrading to 1st floor balcony and decorative bargeboard to front gable. The verandah floor has tessellated tiles and marble threshold to front door. Surviving brick fence posts with rendered pyramidal caps and section of brick front fence with rendered moulding to top. The garden setting of the house remains generous.

Internally the building has been altered substantially to accommodated a boarding house. Surviving significant fabric includes:
One surviving chimney piece in the ground floor room to the right of the entrance hall
Decorative fibrous plaster ceiling and ceiling rose, and decorative vents within entrance hall
Original timber stair and remnant joinery including four panelled doors, architraves and skirtings.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally good however in need of some restoration. Face brick walls painted, 1st floor balcony enclosed, unsympathetic concrete front fence across part of the front boundary.
Date condition updated:13 Nov 06
Modifications and dates: Substantial internal modifications including new wall partitioning and , replacement of most of the original ceilings

Development Application - D/1993/517 - ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS TO BOARDING HOUSE (Alterations and additions to boarding house). Approved 23-Aug-1993.

Development Application - D/1994/149 - ADDITION OF A CARETAKERS FLAT TO A BOARDING HOUSE (The construction of a single storey caretakers flat to an existing boarding house). Approved 12-Apr-1994.

Building Application - ADDITION OF A CARETAKERS FLAT TO A BOARDING HOUSE (Proposed alterations and additions to existing warehouse as detailed on the plans). Approved 06-Feb-1995.

Privately Certified Complying Development Certificate(South Sydney) - connection of an existing automatic fire alarm system to a private monitoring service provider - Romteck Grid PTY LTD. Approved 15-Aug-2002.
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: boarding house

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. 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.

The foundation stone of this building states that it was laid by Cardinal Moran Archbishop of Sydney on 20th March 1898.

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. Residential-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
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SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with the Catholic Church (see foundation stone information). Requires further research.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A good example of a substantial Federation Queen Anne style mansion, atypical for the Erskineville area.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The building is a representative example of a Federation villa found in Erskineville and the inner suburbs of Sydney.
Integrity/Intactness: Externally - moderate
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 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. Any additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of lesser significance, shall not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the South Sydney City Council Heritage Development Control Plan. 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 2012I61214 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

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: 2420817


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