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Terrace house, front fencing

Item details

Name of item: Terrace house, front fencing
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 87 Adelaide Parade, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
87 Adelaide ParadeWoollahraWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The row of fourteen terrace houses which front Cooper Park across the pedestrian way named Adelaide Parade have high architectural significance for their integrity as a cohesive group of Federation Filligree terraces located in a leafy area of Paddington. The buildings have undergone minimal modification to the front facades but most have undergone some alterations to the rear. The terraces have high architectural and social significance for their contribution to the streetscape and historical significance as part of the Edgecliff Estate subdivision of 1886.The terraces are rare in that they are relatively intact to the Adelaide Parade frontage and are located in an unusual sylvan setting overlooking Cooper Park. The strong uniformity of the front with the retention of much of the original detailing adds to the significance of the buildings as a group.
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Designer/Maker: unknown
Physical description: The group comprises fourteen two storey terraced houses designed in the Federation Filigree style, fronting a pedestrian walkway at the edge of a steep cliff overlooking Cooper Park. The terraces are 'L' shaped in plan, and share common walls at the front and between adjoining terraces at the rear. The terraces are identical at the front with recessed verandahs on the first floor decorated with cast iron lace panel balustrades and a cast iron valance under the roof overhang and below the balcony. Two sets of timber french doors with highlights and timber shutters at ground floor level are matched by similar doors at first floor level. The properties feature a decorative cast iron Palisade fence and gate at the front and open to View Street at the rear with vehicle access. Style: Federation Filigree Victorian Filigree External Materials: Rendered brickwork paint finish, timber windows and doors, with roofs either slate or terra cotta tiles, decorative cast iron balcony lace and valance Internal Materials: Brick walls, timber floors, (unseen)
Modifications and dates: Many of the terraces have undergone some modifications to the front with windows and doors altered, most losing the original flat plate column, and one losing the cast iron frieze. The buildings have retained enough of the original fabric to still be recognisable as a cohesive group of terraces, and this condition should be maintained. Most have had rear additions since the mid 1960s and the addition of garage or car accomodation on the rear boundary, but these are all constructed in traditional materials and dont adversely effect the unity of the buildings. Roofing materials vary as most have been reroofed. It is considered that all would have undergone some form of upgrading internally.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Part of the second subdivision of Edgecliff Estate, Woollahra. The land apparently subdivided by the Land Company of Australasia Ltd. and sold progressively by auction and private sale between 1886 and 1887. The terraces were built for Henry and Edward Phippard in 1902

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. Emergence of building styles-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Domestic life-Activities associated with creating, maintaining, living in and working around houses and institutions. A place to live-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Cultural and social life-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetically rare at a Local level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Socially representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria f)
Aesthetically rare at a Local level.
SHR Criteria g)
Socially representative at a Local level. Historically representative at a Local level.
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:

As these buildings are relatively intact on their northern facades, it is recommended that a Heritage Report be required prior to any further alterations. It is highly recommended that the unity of the group be retained, and the remaining cast iron lace valance, frieze be retained on all buildings, and original flat columns also be retained on number 87. The cast iron Pallisade fencing and gates, located at the front of the terraces and along the top of the retaining wall, being an integral part of the aesthetics of the buildings should be retained. There should be no further changes allowed to the door and window openings in the front facades. There should be no enclosing of the first floor balconies on the front facades. All stone, terra-cotta, and timber detailing should be retained and maintained. As there have already been modifications to the rear of the terraces, alterations which do not adversely effect the unity and cohesion of the front of the buildings could be considered. Garage additions could be considered on the rear boundary.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201446523 May 15   
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Within a conservation area on an LEPWoollahra HCALEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Heritage studyWoollahraW-0101 May 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 199519951000.0130Schwager BrooksSchwager Brooks No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710013

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