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House, front fencing

Item details

Name of item: House, front fencing
Other name/s: Kelso and Lydhurst
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Semi-Detached House
Primary address: 133-135 Darling Point Road, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
133-135 Darling Point RoadDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An impressive set of paired duplexes in a group of five. The exterior of this building is in excellent condition and is a fine example of the quality of speculative homes produced at the turn of the century. Although one pair of the group has been heavily modified the group still retains the scale and original frontage to the street. They are a fine example of this type of semi-detached house situated in an area where many houses were detached within extensive grounds, and as such have high aesthetic significance. These townhouses introduced an urban quality to the area and have high aesthetic significance for their contribution to the streetscape. The buildings have social and historical significance as surviving residential buildings from the early years of the century.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1902-
Physical description: One of a group of five two storey duplexes constructed in the Federation Filligree style. Of the five, only three remain relatively intact. Central tower element to front elevation is topped with a pilastered pediment filled with pargetting. "U" shaped hip roof of slate with terracotta ridge tiles, ridge crests and finials. Units are entered from the side of the front tower projection.Every second pair of duplexes has a pediment to front gable. Balconies are decorated with cast iron lace and valances.. Palisade grille to ground floor windows, verandahs and doors. Coloured glazing to top small paned sash of tower windows. Corbelled and strapped chimney stacks in red facebrick. Scroll sills decoration under large front windows. Palisade fencing and gates in capped brick posts. Original cast iron lace balustrade to verandah. Cast iron downpipe and guard gutter. Brick dividing wall between houses. Terra-cotta scrolls and date plaque on chimney breast. Style: Federation Filigree External Materials: Rendered brick, slate roof, cast iron filligree, face brick chimneys, terra-cotta ridge capping, finials, and detailing, timber doors and windows, victorian pattern tiling to front porch, cast iron palisade fencing and gates, coloured glass, Internal Materials: Unseen
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
No 133 -5 appear to be largely intact externally.
Date condition updated:19 Mar 04
Modifications and dates: No 133 - There was a BA in 1970 but the extent of work is unknown. No 135 - 1977 approval to rebuild the external wall, to demolish sandstone steps, and build an ensuite in front rooms
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Originally constructed for William Bakewell in 1902-3. It forms part of a group extending along Darling Point Road from 125 to 143. Five buildings form the original group of duplexes. Nos 129- 131 have been severly altered and no longer resemble the orginal design to the front. The Duplexes were probably constructed for speculative sale for Bakewell or for tenant lease. The individual names of the units were listed in the 1910 ratebook as 133 "Kelso", 135 - "Lyndhurst", 137 - "St Aubyn", 139 - "Drayton", 141 - "Glenageary", 143 - "Archina". By 1922 Nos 133-135 were owned by Taylor. In 1923, they were owned by Tiddy. In 1927 the ownership changed to Anderson. In 1941 the ownership changed to HB Stacey. The pair of semi-detached houses appear to have been used as a single dwelling.

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:

As this building is in good condition and a fine example of the style of the other houses in this group, it is recommended that a Heritage Report be required prior to any work which may impact on the external form, composition or materials, or the group as a whole. There should be no new work which enlarges or fills in window and door openings and all cement detailing and cast iron lacework should be retained.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201410523 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahraDP-1601 May 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19951995171.0130+171.0120Schwager BrooksSchwager Brooks No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710046

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