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Terrace house, front fencing

Item details

Name of item: Terrace house, front fencing
Other name/s: Venita
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 57 Ocean Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
57 Ocean StreetWoollahraWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site is significant as part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Thomas Buckland in 1830. The terraces at Ocean Street, Woollahra have aesthetic significance as one of three terraces in the Victorian Filigree style built c.1885 by Alfred Bayley. The site has significance for its association with the Reverend James Fullerton and Charles Frederick Stokes prior to construction of the buildings. The building has aesthetic significance as part of the group of three adjoining terraces which contribute strongly to the character of the immediate area and for the integrity and high quality of the remaining original fabric which appears largely intact externally. The buildings have social significance as part of the late nineteenth century development of the district and scientific significance for the research or educational potential of the facades and fabric.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1895-1896
Physical description: A large two storey terrace house on a long narrow lot in the Federation Filigree style. Parapet to front facade. Bullnose verandah to front. Cast iron posts and filigree frieze to verandah and first floor balcony. Balcony has cast iron handrail. Cast iron brackets to frieze. Two french doors with timber shutters and top lights to first floor. Two double hung windows to ground floor. Timber front door with top light. Small period style light at front. Tall hedges to front garden. Concrete brick pavers to garden are new. Garden bed walls are slate. Palisade fencing and gate, and small ornamental cast iron mailbox to front. Brick wall and aluminium garage door to rear. There is a garage to the rear of the property. Style: Federation Filigree External Materials: Two storey brick terrace house. Cast iron posts and filigree frieze to verandah and balcony. Timber doors and windows. Concrete pavers to garden, palisade fencing, and brick and aluminium garage to rear. Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: Alterations include, extension of building at ground level, and the construction of a new carport and laundry structure onto Chiswick Lane in 1975, and construction of an attic bedroom and ensuite in 1978. Period: Unknown, built for Louisa D. Webster.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: One of a group of three terrace houses in the Federation Filigree style. The site forms part of the West Woollahra district, bounded by Jersey Road, Oxford Street-Wallis Street and Edgecliffe Road, and characterised by the mixture of land uses, building forms and styles. Part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1830, it would appear the property was leased to Reverend James Fullerton from 1857. The terraces at no.'s 55 and 57 were constructed c.1895-6 for Louisa D. Webster, although the land appears to still be owned by Cooper and merely leased by Webster. Originally named 'Venita,' and occupied by L. A. Levinsohn from 1897-1905, and Charles Lambs from 1905-17. Ownership of the property passed to M. Mallie in 1922, and then to the Presbyterian Church in 1936.

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-

Recommended management:

A Heritage Report required prior to any proposals for new work. As the exterior fabric of the building has remained relatively intact, there should be no proposals allowed which alter the form, scale or original or early fabric of the building. All proposals for new work should consider the retention of all original or early detailing both externally and internally. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in, and the form and massing of the building should not be compromised by additions or alterations which break through the roofline.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201452623 May 15   
Within a conservation area on an LEPWoollahra HCALEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Heritage studyWoollahraWW-1901 Jul 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997552.0390Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710119

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