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House "Cooeytong" Including Interior, Front Fence and Gate And Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Cooeytong" Including Interior, Front Fence and Gate And Grounds
Other name/s: Cooeytong
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 50 Lang Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
50 Lang RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Cooeytong has aesthetic significance as a fine example of an early twentieth century house which demonstrates Federation Queen Anne Style features and detailing as well as some Art and Crafts elements. It has fine detailing, high quality construction and finishes complimented by its physical condition. It has group value as part of a group of grand houses which makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. The site has historic significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
Date significance updated: 03 Apr 08
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Description

Physical description: Two storey mansion with face brick and roughcast stuccoed walls, two timber shingled front gable ends, projecting two storey front verandah with Doric columns to corners, mounted on sandstone bases to ground floor, projecting faceted bay to side of house with elaborate eaves brackets. Elaborate front door with both sidelights and fanlights. Has a Marseilles pattern terracotta tiled roof.

Whilst the building can loosely be described as being of a Federation Queen Ann Style, it has Federation Arts and Crafts style influences reflected in features such as roughcast walling, gable infill, use of timber shingles and stone masonry base-course with a rock-faced finish.

There is a sandstone and cast iron front fence.

Internal features are largely intact , including fireplaces, timber joinery, cornices and ceilings.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:03 Apr 08
Modifications and dates: 1946-43 - Granny flat built.
1936- alterations to turn dwelling into three flatettes including separate stair case to first floor. Architects TW Hodgson and Sons
1954 - Alterations to Granny Flat
1958 - Alterations including replacing front paired timber verandah posts with concrete single posts. Side verandah added by this date. External stair replaced with new concrete stair.
2008 - Alterations including demolition of concrete stair, conversion of rear first floor sunroom to balcony. Verandah roof and paired posts reinstated. Reinstatement of timebr fgencde, side gate and addition of ne main luch gate with tiled roof. Demoltion of garage and granny flat and new garage/studio.
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 European Occupation of the Sydney region from 1788, the Cadigal and Wangal people were 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. In 1908 the property at No 50 Lang Road was purchased by Alfred Howes, a Merchant-Tailor, who built the house the following year .It was sold to the Forsyths in 1923.
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he adjacent No 482, was purchased by Alfred Howes from a John Newland and kept as one large piece of land. By 1943, a portion of the vacant plot at No 48 was almalgamated into No 50 " L shaped section) to take a new tennis court. Billiards room/ granny flat built by then.

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]
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 house has aesthetic significance as a grand house with fine detailing, high quality construction and finishes complimented by its physical condition. It demonstrates Federation Queen Anne Style features and detailing as well as some Art and Crafts elements. 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.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Representative of development of fine houses on large lots along Lang and Martin Martin Roads following the 1905 subdivision of Centennial Park
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 2012111814 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes
Martin Road, Centennial Park, Conservation Area Study and Guidelines Report2000 Kemp and Johnson Heritage Consultants and Planning Strategies P/L  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenGraham Brooks and Associates2006Cooeytong, 50 Lang Rd Centennial Park, Heritage Assessment

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: 2420880


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