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House "Livingstone" Including Interior and Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Livingstone" Including Interior and Grounds
Other name/s: Namsnah
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 84 Lang Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
84 Lang RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Livingstone is of aesthetic significance as a fine representative example of a Federation Free Classical style house, which makes a positive contribution to 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 significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
Date significance updated: 14 Dec 09
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Description

Physical description: A two storey Federation Free Classical style house in red brickwork with a hipped and gabled terracotta tiled roof.

The front elevation features two gables. The large gable is above a verandah and balcony supported by timber posts, which as ground floor level are set in sandstone plinths. The balcony has a timber balustrade. The smaller gable has an oriel window located at first floor level with brackets, below which is a rendered stringcourse with large dentil band, while the last section has a pebble cash finish. Below this is a brick arch with sandstone key stone which provides access to the porch and front door. The main entry door is flanked by two stained glass windows.

Both the porch and verandah floor is laid with tessellated tiles surrounded by a sandstone border.

There is a large front garden with a rusticated sandstone fence with black painted wrought iron gates at the centre, to the street.

The property has had several changes to the rear. A one storey addition to the main building connects to a secondary suite abutting the west boundary wall onto Centennial Lane via a verandah with timber columns and beams supporting a lean -to roof. The two storey building contains a garage and living arrangements on the first floor These extensions are in keeping with the style and scale of the original building. A pool and associated courtyard are located to the north-west.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:14 Dec 09
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. The site was conveyed from the Chief minister to John Clemins Garvin in 1906, who also acquired the adjoining property No 82.

No 84 was subsequently sold to Abraham Hansman , a boot manufacturer in 1909. Hansman is listed in Sands Directory as residing in Lang Road from 1908 in a residence named Namsnah ( the reverse of Hansman) but the house appears to have been completed by 1907. The house is described in the council rate valuations for 1911 as being of brick construction with a tiled roof, of two storeys and twelve rooms. The house was valued at 117 pounds.

In September 1913 the property was sold to Susan Mary Newtown Harris, the widow of William Henry Harris, the some of John Harris of Ultimo. The Harris family were an influential family in the 19th and early 20th century in Sydney's socially and political life. The property remained in the ownership of the Harris Family until 1954, in the latter years being in the ownership of Ada May Harris. The Harris family changed the name of the house to Livingstone.

During the Hansman and Harris ownership, No 82 and No 84 were under separate title although in the same ownership.This remained the case until 1954 when No 82 was transferred to Lily Jane Lane. In 1958 this property was transferred to Mrs Emily Thelma Middleton and a new torrens tilte was issued. A new house was built at No 82 in 1961 for owner and builder Frederick Thelma Robson.

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]
Livingstone is of aesthetic significance as a fine representative example of a Federation Free Classical style house, which makes a positive contribution to 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.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Representative example of a Federation Free Classical style house.
Integrity/Intactness: Externally 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 Local Environmental Plan 2012112214 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
WrittenJohn Oultram Heritage and Design2009Heirtage Impact Statement - 82 Lang Road Centenniall Park
WrittenRappoprt P/L2012Statement of Heritage Impact

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: 2420884


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