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Residential flat building

Item details

Name of item: Residential flat building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 66 Wolseley Road, Point Piper, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
66 Wolseley RoadPoint PiperWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site was part of the original grant to John Piper in 1820 and passed to William Cooper in 1890. to John Howell in 1898, and then to William Denis Casey in 1903. The building was constructed sometime after 1915 is significant as a large, prominent, two storey residential building in the Federation Arts and Crafts style. The building has retained its original scale and form on the exterior even though it has had a number of additions and has been modified for use as flats. The building has some aesthetic significance for its contribution to the streetscape. It has some social significance for its association with prominent persons in the district.
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Physical description: Two storey painted brick building located on a sloping site was designed inthe Federation Arts and Crafts style.. Northern wall has red face brick with a hip, with two gables to the front. Terra cotta tiles and ridge cappings, timber fascias to gable ends, and timber lining to eaves. Gable end has timber fascia, and timber and pebble dash rendered masonry construction. There is a two storey verandah to the front (east), ground level has been enclosed with modern glazing and painted plasterboard. Timber posts, balustrade, floor boards and lining to first floor. A timber stair to the northern end leads up to first floor level. Roof is supported by timber bracket at this corner. Main entrance is through lower gable end. Generally timber double hung windows and french doors. Some openings have segmental arched heads. Entrance is through multi-paned timber and glass door. Tile floor to porch, marble threshold. A flat roofed entrance structure to the street has brick base and pillars, timber posts and brackets, and exposed timber rafters and lining. All timber work is painted. Southern facade has sandstone base, some modern aluminium windows, and stairs up to terrace level. Two single flat roofed garages to south eastern corner have painted brick construction with aluminium doors. Behind is single story brick extension, a terrace above has wrought iron balustrade. To the north eastern corner is a single garage, pebble dash rendered masonry walls, aluminium door. Gable roof, timber shingles and galanised iron cappings, and exposed rafters. Gable ends have timber and rendered masonry construction, dormer windows to either side. To Wolseley Road is a low brick and iron fence, wrought iron gate, and mature plantings. Style: Federation Arts and Crafts External Materials: Rough cast rendered masonry walls, some red face brick walls. Terra cotta tiles to roof, timber fascias and eaves. Two storey timber posted verandah. Timber double hung windows and doors, some with segmental arched heads. Internal Materials: Unseen. Two storey painted brick flat building.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition. Some flaking of paint to walls and timber work.
Date condition updated:30 Mar 04
Modifications and dates: Alterations have included, a double carport to the corner of Wolseley Street and Wingadel Place in 1975, new balconies, windows and bathrooms to units at ground level in 1987, and the enclosing of the verandah at first floor level, and the widening of openings in 1991.
Current use: Residential flat building
Former use: Residential flat building


Historical notes: Part of the original grant to John Piper in 1820. It would appear the vacant property passed to William Cooper in 1890, to John Howell in 1898, and then to William Denis Casey in 1903. The present site was formed after subdivision in 1911, at which time ownership passed to electrical engineer John Richard Bainton. Although the exact date of construction remains unknown, the building was constructed sometime after 1915, at which time the property is listed as 'land' for Bainton in Council's ratebooks. A succession of owners have included, William A. and Ellen A. Fairfax Dettmann from 1918-20, manufacturers agent Wilfred Ernest Longhurst and widow Mabel Ann Molony from 1921-24, and grazier John William Fisher from 1924-31. The property remained in the Fisher family until 1959. The building is presently occupied as flats.

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 form and scale of the building appears to have remained relatively intact, there should be no proposals allowed which alter the external form or break through the skyline. There should be no painting of stonework or materials which did not originally have a paint finish although painted surfaces could be repainted in complimentary colours. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201429323 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997829.0760Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710171

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