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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: “Lynwood”
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 14 Carrington Street, North Strathfield, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
14 Carrington StreetNorth StrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 14 Carrington 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, built at around the turn of the century, is a relatively intact and attractive example of a Federation house, and it makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. Its allotment, established in 1899, amalgamated allotments of the 1886 subdivision and remains intact.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 17
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: The house at no. 14 Carrington Street is a single storey Federation house notable for its diamond patterned slate roof and elaborate doorway and door. The main body of the house is set under a hipped roof which has gablets terminating the transverse ridge. A verandah, set under a separate roof, stretches across the front of the house and wraps around its eastern side, terminating at a projecting bay. The verandah has a bullnose roof, excellent "sunray" brackets, and turned posts. The projecting bay has a gable ended roof. The original face brickwork chimneys with corbel detail and terracotta rain guards, remain in situ.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition.
Modifications and dates: 1963 – additions - application no.20/63
1973 – open extension to verandah - application no. 485/73
DA 10.1999.20017.1 - In Ground Pool, approved 12.02.1999
Da 10.2012.477.1 - Removal of tree that forms part of a heritage item within a conservation area, approved 13.12.2012
DA 10.2012.476.1 - Alterations to existing dwelling and construction of new covered area, approved 13.02.2013
Face brickwork painted. Screen door added to front door.
Front verandah has been concreted.
Front fence no longer present.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: No. 14 Carrington Street is located on land granted to Thomas Rowley on 19 August 1803. The suburban allotments of no. 14 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 and 30 feet) many houses were built on more than one allotments. This is the case with no. 14 Carrington Street which was constructed over several allotments.

It is not clear exactly when the house at no. 14 Carrington Street was constructed. The land, comprising allotments 78, 79, and 80 and part of allotment 81 of DP 1835 (Powell’s Estate), was transferred from the Excelsior Land and Investment and Building Company and Bank to Michael Gaynor, railway employee, in 1899 (DP 918828). Gaynor is first listed as a resident on the southern side of Carrington Street in Sands Sydney Directory of 1907 in a house named “Clifton”. (He was previously listed as residing on the northern side of the street.) Given this, it seems that the house at no. 14 Carrington Street was built some time between 1899 and 1906.

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. 14 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 is an interesting example of a Federation period house and is notable for its diamond patterned slate roof, excellent "sunray" brackets, turned posts and elaborate doorway and door. 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 is a representative example of a Federation house, albeit with a relatively unusual (for the area) diamond patterned slate roof.
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, as well as people associated with 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. 3. No new openings should be made in the front façade. 4. Any alterations and additions should be restricted to the rear of the building and site. 5. The curving side wall of the front steps is original. It should be repaired – with the aim to retain as much original fabric as possible. 6. The arrangement of the curving garden path should be retained. (It is evident on the 1943 aerial so is likely to be original.) 7. Consideration should be given to changing the floor of the front verandah so that it is more sympathetic to the character of the house. 8. Paint should be removed from the original face brickwork without damaging the surface of the bricks. This is a matter of priority. (It is noted that the grey colour scheme is not sympathetic.) 9. 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 2013I6919 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

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Database number: 2890484

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