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Item details

Name of item: Penryn - House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 129 Lower St Georges Crescent, Drummoyne, NSW 2047
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
129 Lower St Georges CrescentDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
Raglan StreetDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandAlternate Address
129 St Georges CrescentDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandAlternate Address

Statement of significance:

This is a substantial and well designed late Federation bungalow featuring bellcast slate roofs, a generous verandah, and high quality joinery. Houses of this period and quality that have retained their garden setting, particularly close to Parramatta River are rare in the Drummoyne area.

The house demonstrates the style and setting of houses that once dominated the foreshore of the Drummoyne peninsula.
Date significance updated: 03 Mar 06
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Description

Construction years: 1915-
Physical description: This is a late Federation bungalow occupying a large site with frontages to St Georges Crescent and to Raglan Street. The site is landscaped around the house with garden terraces formed with sandstone retaining walls accommodating the steep rise from St Georges Cresent. The garden is contemporary with the house and has a number of mature trees including a large Bunya Pine, eucalypt and stringbark or bansalay. A sandstone wall marks the St Georges Crescent boundary and is covered with Ficus pumila. The wrought steel gate at St Georges Crescent is contemporary with the house.

The house is built of face brick on a sandstone base. A verandah wraps around the southern and eastern sides. On the eastern side the verandah is terminated by a projecting gabled front. The roof is bellcast and clad with slate with terracotta ridging. The rear wings have hipped slate roofs in an M form. All the chimneys have survived and are rendered with moulded cornices. French windows open to the verandah. Double hung windows are used elsewhere in the house.

A single garage has access from Raglan Street. A secondary pedestrian path to the main entry (off the eastern verandah) also comes from Raglan Street.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Reasonable (2 March 2006) - some evidence of borer attack in floors, small area of rising damp in rear wing and evidence of leaks in roof
Date condition updated:03 Mar 06
Modifications and dates: Brick fence to Raglan Street date unknown.
Verandah infill at southern entry date unknown.
Slate roof repaired 2006-7
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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]
The house is an intact exapmple of a grander single storey house that is away from a group of larger two storey houses that are one of the last intact groups of residences overlooking Parramatta River in Drummoyne. The entire area was once predominantly large Federation houses and mansions purpose built to take advantage of their location with views over the river. (PRA 2009)
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This is a substantial and well designed late Federation bungalow featuring bellcast slate roofs, a generous verandah, and high quality joinery. The house is largely intact and that is complemented by a contemporary terraced garden with mature plantings including a large Bunya pine, eucalypt and stringbark or bansalay.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Houses of this period that have retained their garden setting, particularly close to Parramatta River are rare in the Drummoyne area.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This is a substantial and well designed late Federation bungalow that is a very good example of the style featuring bellcast slate roofs, a generous verandah, and high quality joinery.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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 PlanHouse41907 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Drummoyne Heritage Study1988 Perumal Murphy Pty Ltd  Yes
Drummoyne Heritage Study Review1996 Paul Davies & Associates  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenPRA Sustainable Urbanism2009Heritage Impact Statement - 129 Lower St Georges Crescent, Drummoyne

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2891140


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