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Green Park Hotel Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Green Park Hotel Including Interior
Other name/s: Victoria Park Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Primary address: 360 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
360 Victoria StreetDarlinghurstSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Green Park Hotel has local historic, aesthetic and social significance. It is a fine example of a Federation hotel, with influences of Free Classical and Arts and Crafts styles, located on a prominent corner. It dates from a key period of the development of Darlinghurst when the area was predominantly working class.
Date significance updated: 11 Jun 09
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Physical description: Two and three storey Federation style hotel located on a prominent corner. It is of brick construction with a terracotta tiled hipped and gabled roof. It shows the influences of Free Classical as well as Arts and Crafts styles. This is evidenced in the parapeted gables, round ventilators, multi paned upper windows, the contrasting trims around the windows and balcony, oriels windows, the curved brick wall on the corner of the building, the arched balcony and window, the decorative brickwork for the chimneys and the symmetry of the building.

The Victoria Street frontage and a portion of the Liverpool Street frontage on the ground floor are tiled and have a suspended awning. The entrances on Victorian street are at street level . The corner entrance and those on Liverpool Street have terrazzo steps.

The interior has been subject to alterations over time. Significant internal fabric/spaces include:
the main timber stair and timber joinery
wall tiles and the counter in the main bar
Wunderlich pressed metal ceiling in the eastern lounge
First floor room layout
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:11 Jun 09
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: Hotel
Former use: Hotel


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 the invasion of the Sydney region from 1788, the Cadigal and Wangal people were largely decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

The Sydney Water Trig survey of 1865 shows that the corner site was already developed by that time. It encompasses a narrow building flush to the pavements on both its Victoria and Liverpool Street frontages. In the yard behind was a small outhouse set on the Liverpool Street frontage. In 1867 the rate assessment indicated the site occupied by a 2 storey brick and slate roofed shop owned by Abraham Chapman. By 1880 a similarly described building had become the Green Park Hotel. By 1891 it was described as a three storey brick and slate roofed hotel with a street address of 403 Liverpool St. It was owned by Gus Waugenheim. The building appears to have even remodeled in 1893 at which time 360 Victoria street was incorporated in the hotel site. By 1899, 360 Victoria Street had become the principal address of the hotel replacing its earlier Liverpool street address. (Source: Cultural Resources Management, 2005)

Tooth and Co purchased the hotel in 1933 and leased it out until they sold the property in 1990. In 2009 the registered owners were Rotomat P/L and Barbru Pth Lrd.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Dates from a key period of the development of Darlinghurst and represents a period of the history of the area when it was predominantly working class. There has been a hotel on the site continuously since at least 1880.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
It has aesthetic significance as a fine example of a Federation hotel, with influences of Free Classical and Arts and Crafts styles, located on a prominent corner which strongly contributes to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The hotel is held in high esteem as a social and recreational venue for nearby workers and residents.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of a Federation period hotel demonstrating influences of the Free Classical and the Arts and Crafts styles.
Integrity/Intactness: Externally intact
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 fa├žade 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 2012I49114 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
WrittenCultural Resources Management2005Archaeological assessmnet: St Vincent's Research and Biotechnology Precinct Darlinghurst
WrittenWeir and Phillips2008Green Park Hotel - Heritage Impact Statement

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2421362

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