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House "Kineree", Baha'i National Assembly Including Interior and Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Kineree", Baha'i National Assembly Including Interior and Grounds
Other name/s: Kimeree
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 2 Lang Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Lang RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

No 2 Lang Road has aesthetic significance as fine example of a Federation Arts and Crafts grand house, which is a key element in the streetscape. It has group value as part of a group of grand houses from the same period due to covenant and siting restrictions which have ensured a high quality streetscape. The site has historic signifcance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
Date significance updated: 25 Jan 06
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Physical description: Two storey Federation Arts and Crafts style grand house located on a prominent corner. It is face brick at ground floor with roughcast stucco at first floor level. It features timber shingles within the main gables, tapered roughcast chimney expressed externally, terracotta tiled roof and finials. It featrues timber casement windows and timebr balsutrading to the balcony facing Oxford Street. The front fence has painted brick piers with rendered brick infill.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Single storey section with roof terrace to the front of the house appears to be a circa 1920s addition.
Date condition updated:19 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.


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

The site is part of the Centennial Park Lands subdivision of 1905, the sale of which funded landscaping of Centennial Park. The Sydney Rate Assessments for Flinders Ward records a two storey birck house with tile roof and 9 rooms in February 1909 for a Dr M O'Gorman Hughes . The 1911 Rates Assessment lists Michael O'Gorman Hughes as owning Lot 19 sec 59 (but with 17 rooms and a slate roof) , which is No 2 Lang Road. Sands Driectory lists a M O' Gorman Hughes, physician, on the south side of Lang Road from 1909 to1912. There is also a JC Hughes in 1911 and 1912 and from 1913 only JC Hughes at "Kimeree." The Sands Directory in 1916 first indicates street numbers in Lang Road, assigning No 2, Kimaree to JC Hughes. From the above, the date of construction of the house is estimated as being c1908.

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]
The property has historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building, located on a corner site, is a prominent element in the streetscape and good example of a Federation Arts and Craft grand house with typical key elements of the style.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is not rare.
SHR Criteria g)
The building is a representative example of a Federation Arts and Crafts grand house
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I10214 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420864

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