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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Single Storey Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 15 Queen Street, North Strathfield, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
15 Queen StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
Carrington StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada Bay  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

No. 15 Queen Street is of historical and aesthetic significance. It demonstrates the suburbanisation of the district in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century following the Powell’s Estate subdivision of former semi-rural land into housing allotments in 1886. The house is a relatively intact and attractive example of a weatherboard Federation house, and it makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. Its original 1886 allotments remain intact.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 17
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: The house at no. 15 Queen Street is a weatherboard Federation Bungalow designed to respond to its corner location. The front section of the house has a rectangular plan with a corrugated iron hipped roof and symmetrically located front entry door and front windows. The main roof has a very small overhang and boxed eaves. A verandah, set under a separated bullnose roof, stretches across the front of the main section of the house and wraps around its northern side. The verandah terminates at the side on a projecting bay which has a gable roof. The verandah features ornate brackets, turned posts and timber balustrade (not original), original door and coloured glazing. The side gable has roughcast render between timber battens and a simple gable screen. The original front stairway remains although altered slightly (eg paintwork, balustrade added). The front fence is not original.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition.
Date condition updated:03 Aug 98
Modifications and dates: Metal grilles added to windows and doors. Wrought iron balustrade added to stairs. New front fence (faux Victorian picket).
Verandah balustrade modified.
Sympathetic low scale rear addition.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: No. 15 Queen Street is located on land granted to Thomas Rowley on 19 August 1803. The suburban allotments of no. 15 Queen Street were created by a subdivision of semi-rural land in 1886 to create Powell’s Estate. The subdivision created Queen Street and Carrington Street and rear lanes were incorporated into the subdivision, originally providing access for night soil collection. A regular pattern of housing allotments was created with the allotments further away from Parramatta Road being wider. Due to the narrowness of many of the allotments width (20 feet along this part of Queen Street) many houses were built on double allotments. This is the case with no. 15 Queen Street.

Sands Sydney Directory of 1912 lists for the first time a John Blattman as living in Queen Street in the block between Sydney Road and Carrington Street. In 1912 there were four houses along this section of Queen Street, in 1911 there were three houses, and in 1926 there were six houses. By 1930 the seven houses evident in the 1943 aerial are listed with John Blattman still residing at no. 15 Queen Street. It appears that no. 15 Queen Street may have been built c.1911. This is consistent with the key period of development of Powell’s Estate being the late Victorian through to the Federation period.

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. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
No. 15 Queen Street illustrates the change in character of the area from semi-rural to suburban in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Victorian and Federation periods). Its residential allotments were created as part of the Powells Estate subdivision in 1886.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house at no. 15 Queen Street is an attractive weatherboad Federation house that also displays some Victorian period features. Despite some alterations, the house retains key elements of its original scale, form, and details, and makes a positive contribution to the streetscapes associated with its corner location.
SHR Criteria g)
Intact, representative example of a timber Federation Bungalow with good detailing, set on a prominent, raised corner location.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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:

1. Further research should be undertaken on the history and fabric of the house. 2. The existing scale, form, original materials, original pattern of openings, and original details - including all original timber joinery (windows and doors), and the front verandah, should be retained and conserved. No new openings should be made in the front façade. 3. Any alterations and additions should be restricted to the rear of the building and site. 4. The arrangement of a central garden path should be retained. 5. The front verandah should remain as a timber board verandah and should not be replaced with a concrete slab, paving, or the like. 6. A front fence and gate appropriate to the style and period of the house should be reinstated. A faux heritage fence is not acceptable. Original front fences in the neighbourhood should be investigated and expert advice sought regarding the design of an appropriate fence.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I39619 Jul 13 38998
Within a conservation area on an LEPPowell's Estate Conservation AreaT07 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes
Concord Road Area: Heritage Inventory Sheet Review2017 Kate Higgins  Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890251

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