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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: 20 Swan Avenue, Strathfield, NSW 2135
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
20 Swan AvenueStrathfieldCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 20 Swan Avenue Strathfield is of significance for historic, associative, aesthetic, and for reasons of rarity and representativeness. The house is one of the early and aesthetically distinguished Bungalow cottages in the section of Strathfield within the City of Canada Bay LGA. The original and early elements of the house present a representative example of high quality Federation period architecture in Strathfield. The house exemplifies technology and taste of its original period and style. It demonstrates excellent craftsmanship, particularly through its fine timberwork, and is architecturally of interest due to the representative elements of early house styles in the area. As part of the group of adjacent cottages of similar age in the area, and with presentation enhanced by the near-by street trees, it is illustrating the typical development of the period and makes an important contribution to our understanding of the town character and history.
Date significance updated: 15 Aug 17
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Physical description: Brick Federation Bungalow. Gambrel slate roof with terracotta ridge capping. Verandah returns around front projection with half-timbered gable above. Brick chimney with terracotta pot. Paired timber verandah posts with slatted infill. Triple easement windows with highlights..
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:04 Feb 99
Modifications and dates: Overly dominant picket fence.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The house at 20 Swan Avenue cannot be identified in Sands
Directories until 1932-33 when the Sands ceased.
The aerial photographs indicate matching footprint of the house in 1943 and in 2017, with exception of a rear addition created at unknown time.

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)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria f)
SHR Criteria g)
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:

Conserve and retain all original or early features. In case of redevelopment in the area, the property may be amalgamated, preferably in coordinated use with other adjacent items, and the house can be reused in residential or light commercial use (e.g. offices, professional practice rooms) or as a community facility on a Strata title. In any redevelopment, the height of future infill development on either side and at rear should match separation from the side and rear of the house. Any new garages and vehicular cross-over should be at least 15m away from the item, and street planting preserved. Sympathetic extant fence should be conserved.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanCanada Bay LEP 2013I42719 Jul 13 389 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes
Review of CCB LEP heritage items in Concord area – 2017201711Zoran PopovicZoran Popovic Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890487

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