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Terrace house, front fencing, steps and balustrade

Item details

Name of item: Terrace house, front fencing, steps and balustrade
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 15A Mona Road, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
15A Mona RoadDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The building at 15a Mona Road, Darling Point is significant as part of a fine and largely intact group of Victorian Filligree terrace houses. The group have aesthetic significance for their fine detailing and largely intact cast iron lace work, the integrity of the group generally and for their contribution to the character of the immediate area. The building at 15a Mona Road is closely related in style and detailing to the other buildings in the group and to a similar group at Nos.2-12 Mona Road, Darling Point. The building along with the adjoining buildings in the Mona Road group have some social significance as part of the development of the area in the early years of the 20th. century. The group appears to have little historic or scientific significance.
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Designer/Maker: Terraces
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Construction years: 1909-
Physical description: One of a group of three terrace houses in the federation Filigree Style. External and party walls are brick, painted. Roughcut sandstone base, ashlar line, new cement jointing. Gable roof, slate, with brick parapet ends. Roof has a small central gable, rafters pierce through the timber board lining to gable end. Party walls have classical style detailing at first floor and roof level. Concrete stairs lead up to concrete verandah and timber entrance door. Steps have decorative glazed tile risers. Two storey verandah to the front has cast iron lace balustrade, frieze and brackets. The ground floor balustrade appears more recent than the first. A carved timber post supports first floor of the verandah. The verandah has timber floor boards to first floor, undersides exposed and painted, and painted pressed metal ceiling to first floor. Openings have segmental arches, windows are timber double hung. Ground level has timber door with top light, and a pair of windows with decorative sills to the side. Door is a solid 8 panel door with side lights. First floor has central multi-paned french doors, and a window either side. Double pointed palisade fence to street, sandstone base. A brick side wall to north has rendered classical detailing. Front yard is painted concrete. Style: Victorian Filigree External Materials: External brick walls and party walls, rough cut sandstone base, ashlar line. Slate roof. Two storey verandah, cast iron lace balustrades, freizes and brackets. Double pointed palisade fence. Internal Materials: Unseen. Three brick terraces in the Victorian Filligree style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Group is generally in good condition. Minor cracking to the cement jointing of sandstone base.
Date condition updated:19 Apr 04
Modifications and dates: No.'s 11 and 15a were altered c.1960's. A two storey addition was added to the rear of no. 15a in 1960.
Current use: Boarding house
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Site formed part of land originally granted to James Dunlop in 1835. John H. Rowe, builder of Paddington, acquired the land in 1904. No'.s 9, 11 and 15a first appear in council's ratebooks for 1908-9 as vacant land. It would appear this group were built for Rowe c.1909, as the first reference to the terraces is in the 1909 ratebooks, under the estate of the late John H. Rowe. The terraces are listed with the following names, no. 9 as Whiteville, no. 11 as Redruth, and no. 15a as Memagong. Ownwership of the group passed to a consortium of William Andrews, Sullivan E. Manning, and James White in 1906, and then to retired storekeeper Solomon D. Oppenheim in 1922. The 1922 ratebooks records Oppenheim in occupation of no. 9, and Elizabeth and James Henderson of no. 11, and May Milewsky of no. 15a. Later in 1922 no.'s 11 and 15a were sold separately to Henderson and Milewsky respectively. No.'s 9 and 11 are presently still private residences, no. 15a operates as a boarding 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 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.
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 buildings. All cement and cast iron detailing on the buildings to be retained. Scale, form and composition of the buildings not to be compromised by additions or modifications, and window and door openings not to be enlarged or filled in. There should be no additions which rise above the roofline at the front.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201415923 May 15   
Heritage studyWoollahra    

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19971997945.0200CGraham Brooks and Associates Pty LtdGBA No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710186

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