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Terrace House Including Interior and Front Fence

Item details

Name of item: Terrace House Including Interior and Front Fence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 158 Victoria Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
158 Victoria StreetPotts PointSydney  Primary Address
158 Victoria StreetKings CrossSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

158 Victoria Street dates from one of the key period of layers for the development of Potts Point as a direct result of subdivision of early land grants. It contains a representative example of a Victorian Filigree style terrace, which is a part of a group of similar period Victorian terraces that helps create a cohesive streetscape.
Date significance updated: 01 Sep 10
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Physical description: The building is a two storey Victorian Filigree style terrace house. It is constructed of rendered brickwork and features a two storey verandah with cast iron filigree detailing including a central flat iron cast iron column to the first floor of the verandah. Ground floor window and door openings have arched heads. The first floor level openings to the verandah retain glazed French doors with glazed fanlights above. A corrugated metal roof to the verandah is of straight sheets replacing earlier curved roofing.

There is a metal picket palisade fence that encloses the front yard with concrete steps rings to a verandah of a similar finish - both the steps and verandah floor have similar round edge detailing. There is am encaustic tiled pathway between the front gate and entry steps which is need of restoration.

At the rear is a two storey wing with enclosed side balcony and corrugated metal skillion roof.

Internal decoration has been extensively altered due to ongoing change of use and occupancy patterns. Surviving significant fabric includes the main timber stair and timber joinery.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:31 Aug 10
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: Backpackers
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 first land grant in the area, of 30 acres covering today's Potts Point, was made to Patrick Walsh, an Irish ex-convict, in 1809. Governor Macquarie revoked that land grant in 1822, granting the land instead to Mr. Drennan. Later the land was brought back under Crown control for the establishment of huts for local aboriginal people. Governor Macquarie gave the name Elizabeth Town to the area after his wife. After Macquarie's departure, Elizabeth Town was divided into land grants for important public servants who were encouraged to build grand villas. These included Sir John Wylde Judge Advocate, 1822 and Alexander Macleay, Colonial Secretary. The final name of the area Potts Point came from association with Joseph Hyde Potts, Clerk of the Bank of NSW, who purchased six and a half acres in the area.

East of Forbes Street lay several estates that extended down the escarpment from Potts Point including E. Hallam’s grant, Judge Stephen’s grant and the Tusculum Estate. Judge James Dowling received an 8 acre land grant in 1831 bounded by William Street, Dowling Street and Victoria Street and built Brougham Lodge on his property. He allocated some of his grant for the formation of streets such as Victoria Street, Duke Street and McElhone Street. His estate was subdivided in 1846. The line of Victoria Street is shown on Edward Hallens Plan of 1842.

Subdivision of A. Campbell’s Estate occurred in 1849 and included lots in Macleay, Victoria, Brougham and Forbes Street. Brougham Lodge was located on Victoria Street and was subdivided into 22 allotments.

The Tivoli Estate of 1867, the Challis Estate of 1889 and various smaller subdivisions along Victoria Street represent the earliest layer of intensive residential development in the area. Subdivision of the early mansion estates occurred in the early twentieth century with Tusculum Estate 1901, Campbell Lodge Estate 1910, Grantham Estate 1922, and Orwell House Estate 1921. Many of the grand houses of the period remained until the 1930’s when they were replaced by flat buildings. A further group were demolished in the 1960’s , including Tarmons on the site of St Vincent's College. Only four sites with grand villas remain in the precinct today.

During the 20th century, the area evolved into a bohemian enclave populated with Sydney’s artists, writers and other like minded individuals. In the 1970s Potts Point became the focus of green bans over development plans for Victoria Street which were lodged in October 1971. Many residents on the city side of the street had already moved out, as the principal developer, Frank Theeman's Victoria Point Pty. Ltd. offered them favourable terms. The NSW Builders and Labourers Federation imposed green bans in sympathy with local resident activists, including the murdered Juanita Nielsen who lived in Victoria Street. They opposed the demolition of the area's historic terrace housing and there was a protracted battle with the developers until 1976, when the green bans were lifted. A new plan called for the restoration of 22 of the 32 houses in conjunction with a 10 storey complex located to the east behind them.

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. Terrace-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building has historic significance as it dates from the key period of development of Potts Point and the subdivision of early land grants into residential and commercial development. It provides evidence of speculative housing development within the Potts point area in the alter nineteenth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building has aesthetic significance as a good example of a late Victorian Filigree style terrace which demonstrates many of the key aspects of the style. It forms part of coheisve streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is not rare
SHR Criteria g)
The building is a representative example of a Victorian Filigree style terrace found in the inner suburbs of Sydney.
Integrity/Intactness: Externally - moderate to high l
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, the main timber stair 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 2012I118614 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
WrittenCollin Brady2010Heritage Report - 156-158 Victoria Street Potts Point

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2421371

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