"Regentville" | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: "Regentville"
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 56 Atchison Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500
Local govt. area: Wollongong City
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
56 Atchison StreetWollongongWollongong City  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

House "Regentville" at 56 Atchison Street is of significance for Wollongong area for historical and aesthetical reasons and as a representative example of Federation Arts and Crafts style cottage in the area. The house is readily identifiable as part of historical building stock and continues to strongly contribute to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 09 Jan 15
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Construction years: 1917-
Physical description: The house "Regentville" has corrugated iron roof and weatherboard walls on high brick subwalls. Gable has spatterdash render, diamond shaped vent, decorative timber barge boards and timber finial. Three tall brick chimneys are with corbels. Verandah is under the gable, supported by timber posts and decorated with timber valace and fretted timber brackets. Verandah has masonry steps and timber balustrade. Steps leading to verandah have masonry low walls around and pilasters with decorative pots. On both ends, verandas has multipane fixed windows with coloured glazing. Front windows are large double sash windows with diamond shaped panes on top parts. Windows have timber sills and decorative architraves. Recessed front door is timber door with glazed panels in diamond shapes and with decorative screen. Front door is flanked with side lights and has transom light above. Above front door is arched timber ladder valace with the house name "Regentville". Front fence is low masonry rough cast walls with timber paling fence panels with top railing between masonry posts. The 20th Century Architecture in Wollongong" describes: "This distinguished house, with its embracing street-facing gable, characterises Wollongong's timber dwellings of the Federation period. Several of the same period are in this immediate vicinity. But its design is imaginatively eclectic in style. The timber posted front, decorative bargeboards, slatted balustrading and embellished door case typify the Queen Anne style'. The pressed metal gable tympanum and apex screen, and the unique coloured glass inserts in the post brackets and the perforated frieze above them, bespeak the Arts-and-Crafts Movement. Yet the broad and shady verandah, with wide eaves, evokes the Californian Bungalow idiom, while the studied symmetry of the fa├žade defies all of these attempts to classify the design. The front fence, designed in sympathy with the house, completes a very harmonious ensemble. Regentville has some fine original interiors, with boarded ceilings, friezes and dadoes, wall panels of fibre cement and quirky joinery such as are found in the Craftsman Bungalows designed in America by Gustav Stickley"
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Land was part of the Original Grant to J Osborne, R Westmacott, M Devenish adn H Osborne of 1844. It was claimed by Ernest Finckh, applicant in PA 16666, in 1912 and subdivided by him c. 1917. This lot was purchased by Sydney Gow, Carpenter and the house was very likely built by him around that date. (This was also confirmed by R Irving, 20th Century Architecture in Wollongong, p. 25 and p. 44). It was next transferred to Allan Gow in 1946, then to Gloria Noon and Rhelma Griffiths in 1978 and to Christopher St John James, Medical Practitioner, in same year. The house came in the ownership of Helmuth and Anna Hanisch in 1983, and then T Atkinson and S Gilroy in 1985 and remains in their ownership to-date. (LTO LPI CT 2806-37, 2254-213 and PA 16666). Registered changes to the house include approval to use as "Home Industry - Beautician" in 1982, and "Demolition of sheds, tree removal, erection of detached double garage and alterations and additions to dwelling-house" in 2007.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item has group, architectural, townscape and aesthetic value.
SHR Criteria g)
The item has representative value.
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:

Retain and conserve all original or early elements. Any repairs should follow original detail in form, fabric and finish.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan"Regentville"636126 Feb 10 2010-76 
Local Environmental Plan  07 Jan 00 1/200069

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Wollongong Heritage Study1991B5-CMcDonald McPhee Rogers Conacher FullartonGraham Neaves No
Review of heritage items in Wollongong LGA20136361Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2700619

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