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Terrace house

Item details

Name of item: Terrace house
Other name/s: Tahlee
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 55 Ocean Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
55 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: Large two storey terrace house in the Federation Filigree style. End terrace adjacent to St. Columbia's Church. Facade is rendered brick, the parapet features a small triangular pediment to the parapet. Canted bay to the front at ground and first floor. The first floor balcony has elaborate cast iron friezes and balustrade. Four cast iron posts and brackets to front verandah. New bullnosed roof to balcony. Tesselated Victorian tiles to walk and verandah. French doors to balcony, and double hung windows to sides of bay. Double hung windows to ground floor. Top lights to first floor windows and main door. The internal timber floors were not seen. Brick garden wall with cast iron sections adjacent to no. 57. A recent small two storey glass extension to the rear with french doors at ground level, and aluminium garage doors to street, and older two storey brick extension. Style: Federation Filigree External Materials: Rendered brick. Internal Materials: Unseen. Internal timber floors.
Modifications and dates: Two extensions have been added: a small more recent two storey glass extension to the rear, and an older two storey brick extension. New bullnosed roof to balcony. General condition is good.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: One of a group of three terrace houses, 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 Jamed 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 only leased by Webster. Originally called 'Tahlee,' Annie Armstrong was the first to reside at no.55 from 1896. Ownership of the property passed to Elizabeth Armstrong (presumably a relation) in 1922, to Edith Campbell Walker in 1926, and then to James George Mackee and Douglas William Cameron in 1935.

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 201452523 May 15   
Within a conservation area on an LEPWoollahra HCALEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Heritage studyWoollahraWW-1901 Jun 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997552.0400Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Database number: 2710120

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