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Goomerah - house

Item details

Name of item: Goomerah - house
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 4 Goomerah Cresent, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
4 Goomerah CresentDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Goomera is a three and a half storey rendered brick residence in the Victorian Gothic style located one block south of the intersection of Goomera Crescent and Hampden Road. The building which is largely intact on both the exterior and interior, has high aesthetic significance as a fine example of the Victorian Gothic style from the late nineteenth century. The building although modified, has retained much of the character of the style and has high significance as an important element in the streetscape and as part of the grouping with #2. The building has social significance for its association with prominent local identities and as a small scale version of the important residences constructed in the district in the late nineteenth century.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1885-
Physical description: A three storey Victorian Gothic residence with attic rooms in a high pitched slate roof. Constructed of rendered brick the building features pointed arch windows, a hipped gable bay projection and a cement balcony on the east facade, a three storey cast iron lace balcony on the western facade, and carved timber barge boards to the gable ends. The building has been modified with a double garage located on the boundary line of the south-eastern corner which extends back into the basement level of the house. A new set of entry stairs rise straight from the footpath and give access to the front door located below the small first floor balcony.Timber casement and double hung windows fill the narrow openings and there are some original leadlights as well as others from the Edwardian period. A tall chimney stack balances the assymetrical massing from the front. The interior of the building has undergone a number of modifications with its conversion into flats and transfer back to a single house. Some walls have been opened up but generally the interior appears to be largely as built with much of the original detailing reconstructed in the latest renovation. The timber columns of the rear three storey verandah have been replaced by RHS columns but the original lace panels have been restored. Style: Victorian Gothic External Materials: Rendered brick, timber windows and doors, leadlights, terra cotta paving tiles, victorian pattern tiles, slate roof with gables and decorative timber barge boards, timber dormers, cast iron lace panels and railing, steel verandah posts, slate steps. Internal Materials: Plastered walls, plaster and plasterboard ceilings, marble fireplace surrounds, timber board floors,
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Recently renovated, in good condition externally and internally.
Date condition updated:19 Apr 04
Modifications and dates: 1971: approval for internal alterations to the flats and extensions of the roof on north side. 1972: oil heater installed without approval. 1988: subdivision of site. approval for dwelling lapsed and there is no building on this site. 1988: approval for alterations to restore building to single dwelling. 1992: approval for rear swimming pool and terrace. 1993: approval for new garage, fence, stairs, french doors, internal alterations. 1993: air conditioning.


Historical notes: The 1884-85 ratebook records #4 Goomera Cresent as 'land improvements' owned by Mrs. A Von Arnheim. By 1885-86 a house had been constructed. The house was named 'Silberstein' in the 1890-91 ratebook. The property changed hands in 1902-03 when it was purchased by Mrs. Theodore Powell who was the owner / occupier until 1906-07 when Mr. Henri Moreau purchased it and lived there until at least 1928. In 1912 the name was changed to Goomera and the house was changed to flats in 1927. The land was subdivided in 1988 and in 1993 the building was returned to 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 rare at a Local level. Aesthetically representative at a State 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. Aesthetically representative at a State 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:

A Heritage Report required prior to any proposals for new work which would adversely effect the scale, composition, materials or detailing of the building. Any proposals for new work should take into consideration the retention of timber detailing, cast iron lace panels to rear balcont, cement balcony, rendered detailing, as well as the composition of the external walls. Existing window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in, and there should be no alterations which rise through the roof or alter the skyline in any way. As the building retains much of the original layout and detailing internally, proposals for new work should take into consideration the retention of planning and all existing detailing.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201412823 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19951995290.0100Schwager BrooksSchwager Brooks No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710066

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