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Flat Building "The Vanderbilt" Including Interior and Central Patio

Item details

Name of item: Flat Building "The Vanderbilt" Including Interior and Central Patio
Other name/s: Vanderbilt Flats
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Flat
Primary address: 13 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
13 Springfield AvenuePotts PointSydney  Primary Address
13 Springfield AvenueKings CrossSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

The Vanderbilt 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, designed by the prominent architectural practice of Morrow, Deputron and Gordon, which demonstrates key aspects of the style and is an integral part of the Springfield Ave streetscape.
Date significance updated: 16 Mar 06
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Description

Designer/Maker: Morrow, Deputron and Gordon
Physical description: Three storey Inter-war Free Classical style residential flat building. It features a terracotta tiled pitched roof with an eyelid dormer which comprises a band of square windows. The façade is symmetrical with the two central bays projecting which originally featured balconies which have been enclosed. The outer bays feature double hung sash windows.
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.

Plans for Residential Flats, designed by the Morrow Deputron and Gordon were approved by Council on October 20, 1924. Vanderbilt Flats first appears in the Sands Directory of 1926 giving a construction date of c 1925.

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 b)
[Associative significance]
The building is assocaited with the prominent architectural firm of Morrow Deputron and Gordon.
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
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 2012I116214 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
GraphicMorrow Deputron and Gordon1924Building Plans - BA 887/1924

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: 2421304


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