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Beresford Court - residential flat building and grounds

Item details

Name of item: Beresford Court - residential flat building and grounds
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 101 O'Sullivan Road, Rose Bay, NSW 2029
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
101 O'Sullivan RoadRose BayWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A prominent building within the Balfour Road Heritage Conservation Area, one of a pair designed in a transitional 1930’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. Beresford Court is a good representative example of an early inter war residential flat building.
Date significance updated: 22 Jul 05
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Designer/Maker: Walter Leslie Architect
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 architectural details of the front façade are different to the adjoining black. A dominant central bay rises through the building to a castellated parapet set over interlaced arched brickwork. The verandahs have small openings infilled with a variety of later frames. Feature brick panels worked into the front façade include lozenges and arches infilled with stack coursed bricks. The front piers that rise through the façade have deep recessed panels.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is in sound condition and there are few modifications evident
Modifications and dates: -
Further information: Full LEP Listing - Beresford Court - residential flat building and grounds - Latimer Rd heritage item group (see also 1 Latimer Rd, Bellevue Hill).
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Beresford Court was designed by architect Walter Leslie and both this building and the adjoining site of Phillip Court were built by a local builder W.R. Robins.
Constructed in 1937, Beresford Court stands on land that was originally part of the Cooper Estate and part of Philip Ryan's dairy and market gardens which he had leased from the Cooper Estate since the 1870's . In 1900 when the Cooper land began to be offered for sale as the Beresford Estate the Ryan family were able to purchase their lease and by 1908 had also extended their holdings. The family continued to run their business from the site until 1925 when complaints from residents and local health authorities forced its closure and the property was subdivided and offered for sale as the Ryans Beresford Estate.

Lot 4 of Ryans Beresford Estate No 2, released for sale in May 1928 remained unsold until early 1937 when it was purchased by Mrs Joanna Hartnett In February 1937 she applied to Woollahra Council to erect 9 residential flats and 2 garages on the site. The builder was W.R. Robins. By 1962 the property had been transferred to Bellarosa Pty Ltd and soon after to The Proprietors Strata Plan No. 684.

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]
Beresford Court demonstrates a high degree of historic significance as 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]
Beresford 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 demonstrates a high degree of aesthetic significance. 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)
Beresford 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:

Schedule of maintenance and repairs to be prepared and implemented. Heritage Colour schemes to be prepared and implemented. Further research into design schemes.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199522 Jul 05 52 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 20144723 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
Written 1936101 O'Sullivan Road, BA 30/1936
WrittenLibby Watters2002101 O'Sullivan Road, Rose Bay

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2711561

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