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Terrace house

Item details

Name of item: Terrace house
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 5 Cooper Street, Double Bay, NSW 2028
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
5 Cooper StreetDouble BayWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Good cohesive group of terraces. Although terraces are of individual styles, the group dominates the northern side of Cooper Street with rear frontages to South Avenue. Although the infill addition detracts from the overall context on Cooper Street this terrace has exceptional cast iron lace, it holds high aesthetic significance for its contribution to the streetscape and as an example of the style in an unrelated grouping. There is no real aesthetic quality to the rear elevation as the additions have destroyed the unity of the group South Avenue.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1916-
Physical description: A two storey free-standing terrace in Victorian Filigree style featuring a parapeted roof with terra-cotta tiles and ball ornaments and cornice to parapet. This terrace features a two storey balcony with elaborate cast iron filigree lace balustrade, brackets, and valance. A hipped bullnose verandah roof covers the first floor balcony supported on cast iron columns. Ground floor windows and door have wide moulded architraves and steel grilles. A French door with sidelights opens to first floor balcony. A timber picket fence delineates the front boundary. A two storey addition with roof terrace bounded by aluminium railing filles in the eastern side to the boundary and is set back to allow a carspace at front. A two storey addition at the rear features a roof terrace with timber pergola and a brick wall defines the rear boundary. Style: Federation Filigree External Materials: Rendered brickwork, terra-cotta tiles, rendered detailing, cast iron lace and columns, timber doors and windows, timber fence Internal Materials: Unseen, timber and concrete floors.
Modifications and dates: Two storey additions to side and rear elevations date from 1970 BA, and included new picket fence and gate, new tiles to front porch, extension to east side of property with new bathroom, demolition of existing balcony and reuse of existing balustrade, new timber deck and new boundary fence, internal alterations.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Number 5 Cooper Street first appears in the Woollahra Council Assessment sheets of 1886-7 as a vacant block owned by Robert Lamont who had ownership until 1916 when a house was built and occupied by George Langley.

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 representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Socially representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria g)
Socially representative at a Local level. Aesthetically 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:

Although heavily modified in 1970, the building still retains unity with the other terraces in this group, particularly with scale, materials and composition. It is therefore recommended that there be a Heritage Report prepared prior to any proposals for new work which may adversely effect the scale and unity of the group. Any new work should retain the cast iron railings, columns and valance as well as the form and composition of the building. There should be no alterations allowed which enlarge or fill in the window or door openings.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201419923 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19951995144.0170Schwager BrooksSchwager Brooks No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710029

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