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Beaulieu - house, front garden and fence, gateposts, gates

Item details

Name of item: Beaulieu - house, front garden and fence, gateposts, gates
Other name/s: Braemar, Dawn
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 73 Bulkara Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW 2023
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
73 Bulkara RoadBellevue HillWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Beaulieu, hidden away behind a high fence and mature garden is constructed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style. It has high aesthetic significance for the relatively intact condition of the external envelope and as a fine example of the style. The building, which has been modified internally, also has significance for the remaining detailing such as the Art Nouveau leadlight windows, tiled fireplaces, and timber detailing Although the house is hidden from view, the garden has high aesthetic significance for the abundance of mature vegetation which adds to the leafy character of the immediate area. The house has social significance as one of the large residences built in the area . The stone gateposts and boundary fence are reasonably new and although they are in character with the building do not add to the significance. Although the detailing of the interior has been modified, the building retains much of the original planning and the retention of the layout should be considered in any future proposals.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: A two storey Federation Arts and Crafts building located on the north eastern side of Bulkara Street. The building is constructed of brickwork rendered with roughcast and has a slate roof with terra-cotta tile ridge tiles and finials. A first floor terrace on the northern elevation sits behind a pergola with timber posts and decorative timber brackets at ground floor level. The building retains some original Art Nouveau style windows. A bay window on the north facade is roofed with shingles in typical Federation style and the entry porch features squat ionic columns on a low wall. Internally the building features Art Nouveau pattern leadlight windows and tiled fireplaces. Style: Federation Arts and Crafts External Materials: Slate roofing, roughcast rendered brick walls, timber windows, doors and detailing, art nouveau windows (unseen), sandstone fence and wrought steel gate. Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: 1927: three new rooms. 1941: garage and replacement of dampcourse. 1947: extensions to garage. 1949: fireplace and chimney. 1950: replacement of roof at rear with slates. 1954 new addition adjoining main residence next to garage. 1982: internal and external alterations including new external doors & windows, internal features, demolition of garage. 1982: approval for pool. 1989: amended plan to demolish the existing garage and bathroom, first floor alterations. 1992: reinforced concrete retaining wall, extension to kitchen and first floor, alterations to dining room, boundary fence.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Federation Arts and Crafts residence originally named , Braemar and then Dawn. Now named Beaulieu. The property is first recorded in Council's records of 1915 as vacant land owned by V.H.Hunt. A house was constructed by Hunt prior to 1916 and was recorded under the name 'Mt Boulah' in 1917. The property was purchased by Mrs. Everlyn Douglas c1920 and was named 'Braemar' in the 1922 ratebook. It was purchased by William Hutchinson and Nellie Browning in c1941, and transferred to Arthur Bryon Browning in 1948.

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)
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 new work. As the facades of the building have remained relatively intact, there should be no proposals allowed which alter the external envelope or materials. All proposals for new work should consider the retention of the detailing of the entry and all original detailing both externally and internally. There should be no painting of stonework or materials which did not originally have a paint finish. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in, and the form and massing of the building should not be compromised by alterations to the roofline.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 20141523 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 1995199578.0070Schwager BrooksSchwager Brooks No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710149

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