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Terrace Group Including Interiors and Front Fencing

Item details

Name of item: Terrace Group Including Interiors and Front Fencing
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 2-4 Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2-4 Rockwall CrescentPotts PointSydney  Primary Address


Physical description: A two storey pair of Federation Queen Anne style detached terraces. It has a façade of red brickwork with sandstone sills. At each end there are faceted bay windows with an individual roof giving the appearance of a tower. Typical of the style the terrace features decorative turned timber verandah columns, balustrade and verandah frieze.

The main roof is clad in slate with a terracotta ridge capping. The tall chimneys at eanc end give a strong vertical emphasis. The dividing wall is expressed able the reroof.

The interiors retain original finishes and detailing.
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


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.

The site is part of the original land grant give to John Busby in October 1831 by Governor Darling. Rockwell Estate was subdivided c 1880 when Rockwall Street was created. First mention of Rockwall Street in Sands Directory was in 1882 when it first lists" houses in the course of erection: The 1885 Directtory first lists Pamela Terrace ( Nos 16-20 Rockwell St) and Brunswick Terrace ( Nos 6-14). In 1890 the Street had become Rockwall Crescent,. The terrace group was owned between 1897-1903 by Hon. Benjamin Backhouse, a Member of the Legislative Ocuncil and his wife Lydia. Benjamin Backhouse was also an eminent architect.

No 2 was acquired by St Vincent's College in 1999.

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-

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 2012I115214 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: 2421250

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