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Item details

Name of item: Building
Other name/s: formerly Delville
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 28 Wolseley Road, Point Piper, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
28 Wolseley RoadPoint PiperWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site is significant as part of the original grant to John Piper in 1820. The building in a simple Federation Free Classical style is significant as an important and dominant element in the streetscape and contributes strongly to the character of the immediate area. It has social significance as part of the early twentieth century development of the district and for its association with a number of local personalities.
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Construction years: 1903-
Physical description: Two storey rough cast rendered masonry house in a Federation Free Classical Style. Hip roof, terra cotta tiles and ridge cappings, and colorbond gutters. Boxed eaves, timber lined, decorative string course below. Two rough cast rendered masonry chimneys with pointed arched chimney tops. Symmetrical facade. Double hung multi-paned windows at first floor level have rendered sills and timber jalousies. String course at sill level. Two storey central panel appears to be infill. Classical detailing to pilasters on either side of central multi-paned window, supporting entablature of similar style. Painted weatherboard cladding below window. Single storey central portico has classical detailing to pediment. Single storey flat roofed double garage to south eastern corner, aluminium door. Northern wall of garage has a series of three arches and pilasters below a decorative stucco entablature. Series is repeated on the northern boundary wall. Style: Federation Free Classical External Materials: Rough cast rendered walls. Decorative stucco moulding includes pilasters, entablature, and string courses. Terra cotta tile roof and cappings, boxed eaves, timber lined. Painted weatherboard cladding to centre. Timber multi-paned windows. Internal Materials: Unseen
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally in good condition, appears to be well maintained.
Date condition updated:30 Mar 04
Modifications and dates: In 1967 internal alterations undertaken were to reduce the number of flats from four to two. The work included, removal of and construction of internal walls, new internal stairways, changes to external openings, and the construction of a new entrance at ground level. Unauthorised work in 1984 resulted in the removal of an enclosed balcony to the western side. Period: Unknown, built for Greville Tregarthen.
Current use: Residential flat building
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The site forms part of the original grant to John Piper in 1820. It remains unclear as to when the house at 26-28 Wolseley Road was built. Described as Lot 4 Section 1 of the Point Piper Estate, the property passed to Frances Anne Payne in 1883, and then to Richard Binnie in 1901. Binnie was not to reside here however, but rather at nearby 'Linlithgow' on Wentworth Street, Point Piper. Ownership passed to Earnest H. Wilshire of the Public Services Board of NSW and to solicitor Charles E. Church in 1912. Neither Wilshire nor Church were to reside at the property, as there is no listing for them in the Sands for this period. In 1920 the property passed to Antoine W. M. d'Apice, Solicitor, and remained in his ownership until 1953 when the property was purchased by joint tenants Patricia and Winsome Abound. The property first appears in the sands in 1922, listing D'Apice at 'Delville.' Ownership of both halves passed to Steven Gerard David in 1995.

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 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, 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 201429123 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahraPP-1917 May 84   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997829.0940Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710172

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