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Alma

Item details

Name of item: Alma
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 66 Thompson Street, Drummoyne, NSW 2047
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
66 Thompson StreetDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of the few 19th century buildings to survive in the Drummoyne district, in good condition, Alma is a good local example of Victorian Edwardian transition and a very fine contributor to the local streetscape of the highly significant Thompson Street.

Howie is believed to have been built by, Archibald Howie of Howie Brothers, one of Sydney's prominent nineteenth century builders, as his family home.
Date significance updated: 16 Jan 09
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Description

Builder/Maker: Archibald Howie (conjectured)
Construction years: 1896-1896
Physical description: An impressive two storey house c.1896 in the Transitional Victorian/Edwardian style. The house is of exposed tuckpointed brick (Edwardian) in Flemish bond and features French doors and double hung windwos. It has an excellent balcony and verandah with returns down one side. The verandah features decorative iron posts with elaborate iron lace decoration (Victorian). Also of special note is the moulded and bracketed timber work above the verandah frieze. The main door is recessed and the roof is bullnosed. The concrete tiled main roof is the only major alteration. The original verandah tiles and palisade fence have been preserved. This is a fine example of the period, unusual in design.

The street boundary is marked by fine sandstone gateposts and an iron palisade fence.
Modifications and dates: Roof replaced with tiles
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: Alma was built c.1897 and was first occupied by Archibald Howie J.P. Archibald Howie was born in Scotland. He migrated to Australia with his family in 1881 and established a building business in Sydney with his brothers George and John. By that time, George Howie had established his reputation as a stonemason working for McCredie Brothers on the extensions for Government house and as foreman on the General Post Office in Martin Place. Howie Brothers, later Howie, Moffat and Company Limited.

The brothers were responsible for a series of major buildings, including part of Garden Island, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, additions to the Australian Museum and the city vegetable markets.

The fine quality of the house suggest that it was built by Archibald Howie as his family home. The gateposts have a strong similarity to the gateposts of his brother's Katoomba home, Cathkin Braes.

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 b)
[Associative significance]
Howie is believed to have been built by, Archibald Howie of Howie Brothers, one of Sydney's prominent nineteenth century builders, as his family home.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
One of the few 19th century buildings to survive in the Drummoyne district, in good condition, Alma is a good local example of Victorian Edwardian transition and a very fine contributor to teh local streetscape of the highly significant Thompson Street.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
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 PlanHouse "Alma"46007 Mar 08 301464
Within a conservation area on an LEPBourketown Square Conservation AreaA07 Mar 08 301464
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Drummoyne Heritage Study1988 Perumal Murphy Pty Ltd  Yes
Drummoyne Heritage Study1988 Perumal Murphy Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Historical Notes from BMHI form: SHI no. 1170478, Blue Mountains Heritage Item K148

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: 2891150


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