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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: 12 Mona Road, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
12 Mona RoadDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 12 Mona Road, Darling Point is significant as part of a fine and largely intact group of Victorian Filligree terrace houses. The group have aesthetic significance for their fine detailing and largely intact cast iron lace work, the integrity of the group generally and for their contribution to the character of the immediate area. The building at 12 Mona Road is closely related in style and detailing to the other buildings in the group and to a similar group at Nos.9-15a Mona Road, Darling Point. The building along with the adjoining buildings in the Mona Road group have some social significance as part of the development of the area in the early years of the 20th. century. The group appears to have little historic or scientific significance.
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Construction years: 1908-
Physical description: One of a group of six terrace houses in the federation Filigree Style, similar to group 9-15a Mona Road. External and party walls are brick, painted. Terraces have gable roofs, slate, with brick parapet ends. Party walls have classical style detailing at first floor and roof level. A two storey verandah to the front has ornate cast iron lace balustrade, frieze and brackets. The verandah has mosaic tiled floor, timber floor boards to first floor, undersides exposed and painted, and painted plasterboard ceiling to first floor. Openings have segmental arches, windows are generally timber double hung. Security grilles to all openings. Timber entrance door at ground level with top light, and a pair of windows with rendered decorative sills and window boxes to the side. First floor has central multi-paned french doors, and a window either side. Double pointed palisade fence to street, sandstone base. Style: Victorian Filigree External Materials: External brick walls and party walls, rough cut sandstone base, ashlar line. Slate roof. Two storey verandah, cast iron lace balustrades, freizes and brackets. Double pointed palisade fence. Internal Materials: Unseen
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition, well maintained.
Date condition updated:19 Apr 04
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Site formed part of land originally granted to James Dunlop in 1835. John H. Rowe, builder of Paddington, aquired the land in 1904-05. The properties first appear in the ratebooks for 1906-07 as Land Lots owned by John H. Rowe, and it would appear the terraces were built c.1908 for Rowe. The ratebooks for 1908-09 list the properties as follows: no. 2 as Killua, no. 4 as Karoola, no. 6 as Patonga, no. 8 as Pyalla, no. 10 as Taiuga, and no. 12 as Bingarooma. In 1909 ownership passed into the Estate of John Rowe. In 1922 ownership of the properties passed briefly to barrister Charles Augustus Coghlan, and were then individually sold in 1923. No. 2 was transfered to Mariana Brownlee, no. 4 to Henry A. Tracey, no.'s 6 and 8 to Mabel Byrne, no.'s 10 and 12 to Emma E. Heap. Minor alterations only have been undertaken to no.'s 2 and 8 in the 1980's. Major alterations to no.'s 4, 6 and 10 were undertaken between 1960-80 's.

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 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.
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 which would adversely impact on the form, composition or materials of the buildings. All cement and cast iron detailing on the buildings to be retained. Scale, form and composition of the buildings not to be compromised by additions or modifications, and window and door openings not to be enlarged or filled in. There should be no additions which rise above the roofline at the front.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra Local Environmental Plan 201415623 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997495.0210FGraham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Database number: 2710093

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