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Werribree - house, gardens, retaining walls, fences, covered gateways, trees

Item details

Name of item: Werribree - house, gardens, retaining walls, fences, covered gateways, trees
Other name/s: ‘Werribri’
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 37 New South Head Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
37 New South Head RoadVaucluseWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site formed part of the original grant to William Charles Wentworth in 1838 . This building has aesthetic significance as a largely intact example of Federation Arts and Crafts style building which was constructed for Joseph Pickles, manufacturer and importer in 1913-14. Although the building has undergone some modification it still retains the style, form and scale of the original building. The buildings has aesthetic significance for the strong contribution it makes to the streetscape of the immediate area. The building has aesthetic significance as a design of the architectural firm of Waterhouse and Lake and social significance for its association with the Combes family, graziers, throughout the twentieth century.

‘Werribree’, at 37 New South Head Road, Vaucluse, retains a moderate degree of representative heritage significance at a local level for its aesthetic values, in particular for the design of the balcony structure and porte cochere. It is the overall form and manner of the elaborate and oversized details that give this building its character.

The garden has the potential to contain a high level of aesthetic significance for the use and disposition of the mature plant specimens in the garden and for the stone terracing and boundary fencing details.
Date significance updated: 08 Jan 04
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Description

Designer/Maker: Waterhouse and Lake
Construction years: 1913-1914
Physical description: Includes house, gardens, retaining walls, fences, covered gateways and trees. The house, located on a rise and set back from the road, is difficult to view from the street. Style: Federation Arts and Crafts External Materials: Unseen Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: Unseen. From council's B.A and D.A files alterations include, a new swimming pool in 1971, the installation of modern aluminium glazed doors and windows to some openings, and the removal of the chimney in 1975, the conversion of an existing storage shed into a bathroom and dressing room in 1980, and the replacement of an existing roof with a concrete slab to form a balcony in 1991. Period: Unknown, built for Joseph Pickles.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential

History

Historical notes: Part of the original grant to William Charles Wentworth in 1838. It would appear 'Werribree' was constructed for Joseph Pickles, manufacturer and importer, in 1913-14, on vacant land previously owned by Marie Ray. The present site for 'Werribree' was formed at this time after subdivision by Ray. Designed by architects Waterhouse and Lake in the Federation Arts and Crafts style, the 1914-16 ratebooks describe the property as 'a brick cottage of eight rooms.' In 1922 the property passed to grazier Charles B. G. Combes, who remained in residence at Werribree until 1961.

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)
[Representativeness]
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:

A Heritage Report required prior to any proposals for alterations to the buildings and any proposed work which would adversely impact on the external scale, form, or composition should not be considered. This residence has undergone some modifications, but these works are such that they have not detracted from the overall significance of the building. Decorative timberwork and rendered details should be retained and door and window openings should not be enlarged or filled in. Materials which have not originally been painted such as face brick and stone should remain unpainted while those materials such as render which were originally painted may be repainted in complimentary colours.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201436823 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997524.0560Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710105


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