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Phillip Court - residential flat building and grounds

Item details

Name of item: Phillip Court - residential flat building and grounds
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 1 Latimer Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW 2023
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Latimer RoadBellevue HillWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A prominent building within the Balfour Road Heritage Conservation Area, one of a pair designed in a transitional 1920’s style between the Edwardian and Art Deco styles. The building demonstrates high aesthetic qualities and the use of well crafted materials. The building is enhanced by its landscape setting and its proximity to other similar development.
Date significance updated: 22 Jul 05
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: W. R. Robins
Physical description: One of a pair of similar three storey Inter War Flats of transitional character with a tall vertical presentation. The symmetrical façade is divided by strong vertical brick piers, which rise to the parapet and are capped with cement domed features. The front façade features semi elliptical arches with early Art Deco lead light infills above sliding windows of multi paned character. The parapet is defined by heavy projecting coursed brick and capped by an undulating symmetrical parapet form, which returns on the side elevations and steps up to finials. The name is worked in Art Nouveau lettering on the parapet. A classical portico entry is located on the north façade. The side elevations feature brick bays with lead light windows. The return bays to the front façade include infilled arches with stacked brickwork. The building has a hipped tiled roof set behind the front parapet with lined eaves projections.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is substantially intact and in good physical condition.
Date condition updated:31 Mar 06
Further information: Full LEP Listing - Phillip Court - residential flat building and grounds - Latimer Rd heritage item group (see also 101 O'Sullivan Rd, Bellevue Hill).
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Phillip Court at 1 Latimar Road was constructed in 1936 by W.R. Robins who was also responsible for the construction of the adjoining Beresford Court. The building stands on land that was originally part of the Cooper Estate and also part of Philip Ryan's dairy and market gardens which he had leased from the Cooper Estate since the 1870's. When the Cooper lands (Beresford Estate) were offered for sale in the early years of the twentieth century the Ryan family were able to purchase their lease and by 1908 had also extended their holdings. The family continued to use the land as a dairy and market garden until 1925 when complaints from residents and local health authorities forced the closure of their business and saw the subdivision and sale of Ryans Beresford Estate.

Lot 5 of Ryans Beresford Estate No 2, released for sale in May 1928 was not sold but remained in the ownership of the Ryan family until 1965. Following Bridget Ryan's death in the 1930's the property came into the ownership of Michael Ryan, a hotel keeper, who in 1936 applied to council to construct 9 residential flats and 2 garages on the site. The builder was W.R. Robins and the estimated value of the work was £7435. Phillip Court remained part of the estate of Michael Ryan until 1965 when it was sold to Mrs Frederyka Tauber, Mr Paul Otto Turber and Mrs Margit Tauber. The Taubers were still listed as the owners in the 1968 Valuation Books, the last such records available in the collection.

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. Housing - Suburban Expansion-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Phillip Court is an important early building in the process of residential consolidation of the Rose Bay Area in the Inter War Period.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Phillip Court is an outstanding example of early residential apartment development in Rose Bay combining design idioms of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles and incorporating high quality materials in a decorative and fanciful manner. The building gains in significance by proximity with a second example.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
SHR Criteria g)
Phillip Court is a good representative example of an early Inter War residential flat building.
Integrity/Intactness: The building is in good condition and is largely intact.
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:

Further research into design influences. Schedule of repairs and Maintenance Manual to be prepared and implemented. Heritage colour schemes to be prepared and implemented. Sympathetic security measures to be determined.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199522 Jul 05 52 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 20144123 May 15   
Within a conservation area on an LEPBalfour Road HCALEP 199527 Feb 04 46 
Heritage studyTanner 01 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Council Heritage Conservation Area Study - Balfour Road Precinct2002 Noel Bell Ridley Smith and Partners  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCarline Yeh2002Research Paper - Phillip Court, No 1 Latimer Road, Rose Bay

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2711538

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