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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: “Mount View”
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 2 Carrington Street, North Strathfield, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Carrington StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
Concord LaneNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandAlternate Address

Statement of significance:

No. 2 Carrington Street, built c. 1905, 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 Federation house displaying Arts and Crafts design influences. The property 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. 2 Carrington Street is a single storey Federation house displaying Arts and Craft style influences. The house has a hipped terracotta roof, featuring exposed eaves rafters, with the front verandah being set under the main roof. The verandah roof is lined with painted timber boards. The verandah steps forward at its western end to create a deeper verandah off one of the main rooms. A face brick balustrade is set around this wider area and the western wall above the balustrade has a large timber framed window with rectangular panes of coloured and clear glass. The wider area of the verandah has a gable ended roof which projects forward from the main roof. The gable features rough cast render with vertical timber battens. The brick balustrade, which has a double bullnose brick capping, sways in a gentle curve down to the centre. The original chimneys remain, the two chimneys at the front of the houses being rendered with moulded rendered tops with terracotta pots, and the rear chimneys being face brickwork with corbelled tops. The walls of the house are face brickwork, although the eastern wall has been painted. The window and door openings of the front facade have decorative rendered surrounds featuring tapered sides below a “lintel”. The verandah has paired simply decorated rectangular posts with a small timber frieze set between the posts set on the brick balustrade. The verandah floor is finished with tessellated tiles with marble edging. One of the original fence posts remains, although no front fence remains. There is a central concrete path leading to the front verandah.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house in is fair condition. Cracks evident in eastern wall
Date condition updated:18 Jan 99
Modifications and dates: Original front fence lost (one of the original fence posts is evident).
Face brickwork of the eastern wall has been painted.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: No. 2 Carrington Street is located on land granted to Thomas Rowley on 19 August 1803. The suburban allotments of no. 2 Carrington 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 Carrington Street) many houses were built on double allotments. This is the case with no. 2 Carrington Street.

It is not clear exactly when the house at no. 2 Carrington Street was constructed. The land comprises allotments 66 and 67 of DP 1835 (Powell’s Estate). It appears a resident (Thomas William Stephens) is listed on the property in the Sands Sydney Directory of 1906 as “Mount View” indicating that a house may have been constructed c. 1905, however this is not certain and requires further research.

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. 2 Carrington 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) and the character of development at this time. Its residential allotments were created as part of the Powells Estate subdivision in 1886.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house at no. 2 Carrington Street is an interesting and attractive Federation period house displaying Arts and Craft design influences. Despite some alterations, the house retains key elements of its original scale, form, and details, and makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
The house at no. 2 Carrington Street is a good example of a Federation house displaying Arts and Crafts influences in the design elements of the front facade.
Integrity/Intactness: Very 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 (front verandah, windows and doors), should be retained and conserved. No new openings should be made in the front façade. The tessellated tiles and marble edging of the front verandah should be retained. Preferably all chimneys should be retained, certainly the two associated with the main roof as well as their fireplaces. 3. Any alterations and additions should be restricted to the rear of the building and site. 4. Urgent maintenance works should be undertaken, including painting and repair of the timberwork. The cracks in the eastern wall should be repaired. 5. Face brickwork should not be painted. Paint from original face brickwork should be carefully removed in a way which will not damage the original brick surface. 6. The arrangement of a central garden path should be retained. 7. A front fence and gate appropriate to the style and period of the house should be reinstated. A faux heritage fence is not acceptable. New fenceposts should match the extant original fence post located adjacent to the eastern end of the verandah. The size and location of the fence rails can be determined from the remaining original post. Advice should be sought from Council’s Heritage Advisor regarding the design of the remainder of the fence. 8. Maintenance work should be undertaken on the garden so that it forms an appropriate setting for the house. Retain any historic plants.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I6419 Jul 13 38996
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

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
OtherJohn Laycock, Licensed surveyor1886DP1835

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890446

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