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House "Rexford" Including Interior, Former Stables and Interior, Inter-war Garag

Item details

Name of item: House "Rexford" Including Interior, Former Stables and Interior, Inter-war Garag
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 88 Lang Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
88 Lang RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Rexford is of aesthetic significance as a fine representative example of a Federation Queen Anne 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 signifcance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
Date significance updated: 06 Jan 10
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Description

Physical description: The site contains a two storey Federation Queen Anne style mansion, sandstone with hipped and gabled slate roof, sandstone chimney, projecting two storey front verandah with timber shingled and fretwork gable end, timber shingled apron to first floor, timber posts and fretwork The house is set in well maintained gardens.

At the rear of the property facing Centennial lane is a single storey inter-war garage ( with painted brick walls), a two storey stone and rendered building understood to have been the stables of the original house, and linking the two buildings a car port. All there structures have metal roller doors facing the lane.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good.
Date condition updated:12 Jan 11
Modifications and dates: Ground floor verandah appears to have been glazed in.
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 house was constructed c 1915 for Mr J Roche and has remained in the ownership of the Roche family ever since.

In 1960 the house was divided into two duplexes to provide in-law accommodation, thus housing two generations of the Roche family In 1976 alterations and additions were designed by Allen Jack and Cottier to convert the house back into a single residence.

It is not known when the outbuildings on the rear lane frontage were constructed but the two storey structure, of stone and partly rendered, appears to date form the construction of the house and may have been a stables building with hay loft above. The single storey garage appears to date from the inner-war period whilst the car port between the stables and garages was possibly constructed c 1970s. ( Ref: Robertson and Hingmarsh 2010)

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]
Rexford is of aesthetic significance as a fine representative example of a Federation Queen Anne 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 Queen Anne style 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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012112314 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenRobertson and Hindmarsh Pty Ltd, Architects2010Heritage Impact Statement for Proposed rebuilding of carport

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: 2420885


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