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Flat Building "Kentworth Court" Including Interior and Central Portico

Item details

Name of item: Flat Building "Kentworth Court" Including Interior and Central Portico
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 3 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3 Springfield AvenuePotts PointSydney  Primary Address
3 Springfield AvenueKings CrossSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Kenilworth Court has historical significance as it dates from one of the key period of layers for the development of Potts Point as a direct result of the subdivision of the Springfield Estate. It is aesthetically significant as an Inter-war Free Classical style residential flat building demonstrating key aspects of the style and is an integral part of the Springfield Ave streetscape
Date significance updated: 17 Nov 05
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Physical description: Three storey Federation Free Classical style residential flat building. Facebirck façade.
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 located on land granted to NSW Attorney General Alexander Baxter in 1828 and a villa known as Springfield had been erected on the land by 1832. The land around Springfield was subdivided and sold as individual allotments fromJanuary 1924 and Springfield Avenue was created by this subdivision. Springfield Villa was demolished in 1934.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building has historic significance as it dates from a key period of development of Potts Point and the subdivision of the Springfield Estate. It is part of the inter-war pattern of residential apartment building in the area which challenged the suburban ideal that had been promoted since 1900.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetically significant as an Inter-war Free Classical style residential flat building demonstrating key aspects of the style and is an integral part of the Springfield Ave streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is not rare
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of an Inter-war Free Classical style residential flat building demonstrating key aspects of the style.
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 2012I115714 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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2421299

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