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House, front garden and retaining wall

Item details

Name of item: House, front garden and retaining wall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 67 Wallaroy Road, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
67 Wallaroy RoadWoollahraWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site has significance as part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1830. The house at 67 Wallaroy Road, Woollahra, was constructed in 1937 on land which was formerly part of 'Glen Rhoda' and designed in 1863 for the merchant Samuel Owen. The building designed in the Inter War Mediterranean style has social significance for its association with a number of prominent local personalities including the architect late 20th century Sydney architect Orwell E. Phillips. The building has aesthetic significance for its prominent siting and simple detailing typical of the style, and for its contribution to the character of the immediate area.
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Designer/Maker: Attributed to Frederick Deane
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: Two storey rendered masonry residence. Roof comprises a pair of gables perpendicular to each other, slate tiles and terra cotta ridge cappings. Rendered masonry chimneys have glazed terra cotta pots. Gable end to the street has a small masonry balcony with a wrougt iron balustrade at first floor level, supported by rendered masonry brackets. French doors to balcony feature rendered blockwork detail to surrounding walls, and pointed label mould. At ground level are three multi-paned casement windows with tiled sills. A garage at lower ground level has timber consertina doors and rock-cut sandstone walls. Rock-cut stone retainin wall to driveway. The main entrance is under catslide roof, has a solid timber door and wrought iron security grille, brick threshhold, and external operable awning above. Similar casement windows and chimney to second gable end. Mature fig tree, lawn areas and stone paths to the front. Modern rock-cut stone boundary fence. Style: Inter War Mediterranean External Materials: Rendered masonry walls, balcony and support brackets, blockwork detail to front. Slate tiled roof with terra cotta ridge cappings. Timber mulit-paned casement windows, solid timber door. Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: Generally in good condition, and appears well maintained. Some loose tiles to roof, and flaking paint to walls. Minor cracking at first floor level. Alterations in 1992 include the demolition of low quality structures at the rear south western corner, and the constructionn of a new family room addition, and the squaring off of the rear south eastern corner to provide a kitchen extension. Ducted heating was added in 1993, and a new stone fence to Wallaroy Street.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: 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. Site formed part of the original grant to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1830. The property formed part of the lease to Francis Giles from Cooper in 1862. Giles was responsible for the first subdivision of land in 1872, at which time the property formed part of the site for 'Glen Rhoda.' Constructed c.1863 for the merchant Samuel Owen, 'Glen Rhoda' was sold to Samuel de Lissa in 1872. The property passed to Henry and Charles Feldheim in 1916, and to the engineer Alfred W. Kendall in 1927. The site at no. 67 Wallaroy Road was formed after subdivision in 1928 for Kendell, however it would appear from council ratebooks the house was not built until 1937. In 1938 the house and property passed to Gladys H. P. Teece, and then in 1950 to architect Orwell E. Phillips.

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 all original or early fabric and detailing both externally and internally. There should be no painting of stonework or materials which did not originally have a paint finish, but those materials which were originally painted may be repainted in compolimentary colours. 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 201463423 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahraWW-4801 Jul 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997804.0310Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Database number: 2710154

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