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Residential Flat Building

Item details

Name of item: Residential Flat Building
Other name/s: Newstead, Cooeyanna
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 1 Yarranabbe Road, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Yarranabbe RoadDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site is significant as part of the original grant to Thomas Barker in 1885. The building which appears to date from 1890 is a fine example of a Federation Period Queen Anne Style building with Romanesque detailing, retaining much of the original fabric and detailing intact. The building has aesthetic significance for the general character and the contribution it makes to the character of the immediate area. the building has some historic and social significance for its association with important local personalities.
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Construction years: 1890-
Physical description: Three storey Federation Queen Anne style building. Rendered brick walls, stone detailing, decorative bracketing, and half timbered gable ends. The recessed entry is framed by a Richardson arch in rough free stonework on squat romanesque columns. Timber frame double hung windows with top sash leadlight. The multiple gabled roof has a high pitch, and is supported on decorative timber brackets resting on stone corbells. The gable ends are finished with half timber with rendered panels and sides of ? are same finish. The building features a second storey bay window to the north side and a first storey oriel. The roof extends out over brackets and has exposed rafters. Roof cladding is unglazed terra cotta tiles. Finials to gables. South side has gable roof, shingle clad with terra cotta ridge tiles. Squat rendered chimney protrudes near ridge line. Ground floor tiled roof extensions below, with coloured glass to door unit. Small terra cotta tiled roof over bay extension at front wall. Coloured glass to casement windows in roof rooms. Style: Federation Queen Anne with Romanesque details External Materials: Rendered brick, red terra cotta tile roof, stone trim and romanesque entry detail. Timber frame windows. Galvanised gutter and downpipes, stone heads and sills, terra cotta paving to driveway and pool area. Internal Materials: Unseen. Internal walls are reportedly brick, timber floor.
Modifications and dates: New tiled roof garages to the front yard. New terra cotta paved driveway, rendered gateposts with aluminium Pallisade fencing and gates. Rear gable has been extended at roof level. Balconies on ground and first floor at the rear have been enclosed with glazing. Some remnants of verandah posts and railings remain. Appears to have been modified extensively internally. Well kept and generally in good condition externally. Internal is unseen.


Historical notes: The site formed part of the original grant to Thomas Barker in 1885. The first reference to the building in the sands in 1890 as 'Newstead,' occupied by Emanuel F. Leichtner. Leichtner remained at Newstead until 1922, however in 1900 and 1904 the property was briefly let to P. K. Bowden and Mrs. H. Maclean respectively. The lands titles indicate that ownership of the property transferred to Isabella F. Lane in 1906. It would appear the property was converted to flats by the Lanes c.1908, as in this year 'Cooeyanna' is first noted in the sands with O. G. S. Lane (relation) in occupation. Herbert Solomon then occupied Cooeyanna from 1915-1922. Dr. O. Bohrsmann, a J. P., occupied the property from 1924-26, and O. A. A. Diethelm from 1927-c.1932. The lands titles note that ownership passed to joint tenants Louise D. Cooper and Gregory S. Maddan in 1949. Louise D. Cooper married c.1958, and in 1971 ownership of the property passed to her husband Robert Martinez. The building currently houses four 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 which would adversely impact on the form, composition or materials of the building. All materials and detailing on the building such as face brick and stone which originally remained unpainted should not be painted, while those surfaces which originally had a paint finish may be repainted in complimentary colours. Scale, form and composition of the buildings not to be compromised by additions or modifications. Window and door openings should not be enlarged or filled in. There should be no additions which rise above the roofline.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201418723 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997851.0620Graham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Database number: 2710182

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