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Majors Bay Road Conservation Area

Item details

Name of item: Majors Bay Road Conservation Area
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 48-144, 21-103 Majors Bay Road, Concord, NSW 2137
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
48-144, 21-103 Majors Bay RoadConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
Jellicoe StreetConcordCanada BayConcordCumberlandAlternate Address

Statement of significance:

This commercial precinct reflects the importance of Majors Bay Road and Wellbank Streets in providing connections from the main transport links of Queens Road to the south and Strathfi eld North Railway station to the west with the industrial area of Mortlake and with the growing residential development of Cabarita from the Inter-War period to the late twentieth century.
The Majors Bay Road commercial precinct is a good quality streetscape dominated by Inter-War commercial buildings. The consistent scale and rhythm of facades, and use of materials contributes to an attractive streetscape. The Majors Bay Road commercial precinct provides a focal point for the local community and continues to function as a popular meeting place.
Date significance updated: 24 Apr 09
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Description

Physical description: Street characterised by 1920's, Late Edwardian style, two-storey, commercial rows. Wide street with central median, undergoing street and landscape improvements. Individual buildings of note include the Inter-War post office. Most buidlings have suffered some loss of integrity, but above awning facades continue to display a reasonable level of consistency.

Setting
This conservation area derives its importance from its location at the junction of two important local roads.

Scale
Two storey development is dominant with ground floor used for retailing and the upper floor for office or residential use. A few single storey shops and houses are scattered through the group.

Form
These are two storey buildings usually with no setback from the street or side boundaries creating a continuous wall to the street. The buildings are usually parapeted. Roofs that are visible are usually tiled. The buildings have engaged piers at regular intervals reflecting traditional structural spans.

Recessed verandahs were incorporated into the upper floor of many of the commercial buildings. Many of these have been fi lled in.
The lower floors of the earlier buildings in the group generally have commercial shopfronts. The freestanding buildings in the conservation area are more residential in form with hipped and gabled roofs and usually with front verandahs.

Siting
Most buildings in this group have no setbacks from the front and side boundaries.

Materials and Colours
Masonry is used for most buildings. Face brickwork trimmed with rendered or decorative details was the most common wall treatment. Rendered panels in the parapet provide space for signs. Other buildings have rendered facades with decorative rendered details.

Doors and Windows
Windows to the upper floors are often in square or arched openings, infilling the original open verandahs. Some buildings retain the French doors opening to the upper verandahs.
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Commercial

History

Historical notes: Commercial development in the early twentieth century tended to be in ribbons lining major transport routes. The development along Majors Bay Road followed this pattern, taking advantage of the importance of the road in connecting Queens Road to the industrial areas at Mortlake. It also relied on the importance of Wellbank Street to provide a direct link to North Strathfield Railway Station. On the east side of Majors Bay Road between Wellbank Street and Jones Street the Terrabona Estate subdivision of 1915 appears to have provided the impetus to commercial development along Majors Bay Road. The precinct was planned as a commercial boulevarde to complement the Inter-War housing boom in Concord.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Suburbanisation-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This commercial precinct reflects the importance of Majors Bay Road and Wellbank Streets in providing connections from the main transport links of Queens Road to the south and Strathfield North Railway station to the west with the industrial area of Mortlake and with the growing residential development of Cabarita from the Inter-War period to the late twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Majors Bay Road commercial precinct is a good quality streetscape dominated by Inter-War commercial buildings. The consistent scale and rhythm of facades, and use of materials contributes to an attractive streetscape. The Majors Bay Road commercial precinct provides a focal point for the local community and continues to function as a popular meeting place.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This group includes a number of good examples of Inter-War commercial buildings
Integrity/Intactness: Reasonable
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanMajors Bay Road Conservation AreaU07 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Concord Heritage Study Review1998 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2890497


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