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Glasson House - house

Item details

Name of item: Glasson House - house
Other name/s: Yalgoo, Yalcoe
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 19 Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
19 Wentworth RoadVaucluseWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house named Glasson House at 19 Wentworth Road, Vaucluse originally formed part of the Crown Grant to Thomas MacGlynn in 1831 and William Charles Wentworth in 1838. The house in a Federation Queen Anne style has aesthetic significance as a large and prominent example of the style. The building is significant as a largely intact example of the style still retaining its original red face brick facades and dominant roofscape. The building has historic and social significance for its association with a number of prominent persons in the district.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: A two storey red face brick residence in the Federation Queen Anne style. Steep site running away from the road towards the rear, possible basement to rear. External walls have stretcher bond and tuck pointing with light mortar. Steep hipped roof. Two dormer windows to attic room behind. Recent timber shingles to roof, recent copper flashing and ridge cappings. Exposed timber rafters to eaves. Windows have segmental arched heads of three layers of headers. Decorative timber window head to first floor window. Timber frame double hung windows and timber operable shutters. Some multipane double hung windows. Arched doorway of three layers of headers, located on the eastern side. Separate single storey double garage to the front of the house. Steep hipped roof to garage, similar timber shingles and cappings. Red face brick, tuck pointed with dark mortar. External stair to first floor level located between garage and house. Brick paved driveway, stone boundary fence heavily covered with a creeper, mature trees to front garden. Timber and steel gate to driveway, steel name plate, "Yalgoo." Style: Federation Queen Anne External Materials: Red faced ashlar brick, tuck pointed. Timber shingles, copper flashing and ridge cappings. Timber double hung windows and operable shutters. Internal Materials: Unseen.. Two storey face brick detached residence and garage..
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition. General maintenance of the house has been carefully attended to.
Date condition updated:30 Mar 04
Modifications and dates: Alterations to house include, the addition of the single storey garage to the front, and new timber shingles and copper cappings to roof.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The property formed part of the original Crown Grant to Thomas MacGlynn in 1831 and William Charles Wentworth in 1838. In 1908 ownership of the property transferred to engineer, Frederick William Cape from Fitzwilliam Wentworth, Daniel McAllister and Roland Smith Hill. The first reference to the property in the Sands Directory is in 1911, Cape is listed in occupation of 'Yalgoo,' although the name changes briefly to Yalcoe from 1924-5. The property appears to have been subdivided c.1928, ownership of Yalgoo passed to Ethel Cape, and ownership of part land to Walter A. R. Sharp. The property was briefly transferred to Jotide Pty Ltd. in 1979. The site reached its present area of 1936 square metres after subdivision c.1980. Ownership and occupation transferred to medical practitioner Ross J. Glasson of Vaucluse and his wife Jennifer G. Glasson in 1981. Later known as Glasson House.

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 appear to 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 fabric and detailing both externally and internally. There should be no painting of materials such as stone and face brick which did not originally have a paint finish although those materials which were originally painted may be repainted in complimentary 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 201441023 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahraV-3401 May 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997814.0470Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710157

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