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Flat Building "Marden Hall" Including Interior and Central Portico

Item details

Name of item: Flat Building "Marden Hall" Including Interior and Central Portico
Other name/s: Marden Hall Courts
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 5 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
5 Springfield AvenuePotts PointSydney  Primary Address
5 Springfield AvenueKings CrossSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Marden Hall 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. It 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.
Date significance updated: 10 Feb 06
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Description

Physical description: Three storey Federation Free Classical style residential flat building. The front elevation is symmetrical , divided into 3 bays, separated by piers with decorative capitals. The face brick work has been painted. The central bay at first and second floors originally had recessed balconies but these have been enclosed. There is a distinctive projecting rendered cornice just below the parapet. At the front of the building is a raised terrace, with a modern railing, with steps from the street. At ground floor level is a classical style portico to the main entrance which is flanked on either side by shops with modern shop fronts. The entry door retains its original detail of mult-ipaned bevelled glass doors, sidelight and fanlight. The site steps to the rear and there is a basement level to the rear lane.

Internally there is an entry hall with a long central hall leading to the main timber stair. Much of the original detailing in the common areas has been removed.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good
Date condition updated:10 Feb 06
Modifications and dates: Minor alterations over time have resulted in loss of significant fabric in the common internal areas of the building. Face brickwork has been painted. Front balconies have been enclosed.
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.

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 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.

Marden Hall first appears the Sands Directory in 1926 ,when it was called Marden Hall Flats, giving a construction date of 1925. In 1975 an applciaiton was made to strata title the building when the buidling it was called the Civic Private Hotel.

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. (none)-

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)
[Rarity]
The building is not rare.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Representative example of an Inter-war Free Classical style residential flat building demonstrating key aspects of the style.
Integrity/Intactness: Externally moderate
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 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 of the units and common areas as well as significant internal features such as ceilings, cornices, joinery and flooring should be retained and conserved. 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 2012I115814 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 Design2005Marden Hall - Heritage Impact Statement

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: 2421300


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