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Omrah

Item details

Name of item: Omrah
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 45 Wrights Road, Drummoyne, NSW 2047
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
45 Wrights RoadDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandPrimary Address
Victoria RoadDrummoyneCanada BayConcordCumberlandAlternate Address

Statement of significance:

One of Drummoyne's few grand Federation mansions to survive in its original splendour and setting. Many such buildings in this area were lost to flat development in the 1960s and 70s. One of the most unusual large houses of the period to survive, an outstanding example of major house design in the Council area.
Date significance updated: 09 Nov 07
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Description

Physical description: An outstanding two storey Federation mansion c.1905. Queen Anne influence. Features octagonal tower with pointed roof on one corner, with gabled projections on the other. Shingling on gables matches slate on tower roof. Good chimneys. Oriel windows below gable with large shingled hood. Large bay below, on ground floor with extensive stucco decoration over. Also has its own shingled hood. Main door entry recessed through two archways. Porch and door placed right next to projection below gable. Balcony above extends all the way across to tower. Features turned timber posts with spindle balustrade. Arched timber valances. Decorative timberwork also featured on window hoods. Elaborately moulded bands on tower with moulded render on cornices, sills and porch. Tuckpointed brickwork with darker brick used for decoration. Doors and windows appear all original. Only obvious alteration is fence, rendered with infill, removed. Foundations also rendered. Otherwise essentially unaltered.

Remnant layout of Edwardian front garden with steps, paths, gate pillars and masonry plinth of former cast iron picket fence. Three dominant palm trees remain (cabbage tree palms?) and general ground shaping.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fair
Date condition updated:09 Nov 07
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence

History

Historical notes: First appearance in Sand's Directory in 1904.

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. Villa-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
One of Drummoyne's few grand Federation mansions to survive in its original splendour and setting. Many such buildings in this area were lost to flat development in the 1960s and 70s. One of the most unusual large houses of the period to survive, an outstanding example of major house design in the Council area.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
One of Drummoyne's few grand Federation mansions to survive in its original splendour and setting. Many such buildings in this area were lost to flat development in the 1960s and 70s. One of the most unusual large houses of the period to survive, an outstanding example of major house design in the Council area.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
A good example of a grand Federation mansion.
Integrity/Intactness: Altered, extended sympathetically.
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 "Omrah"51407 Mar 08 301464
Within a conservation area on an LEPDrummoyne Park Estate Conservation AreaC07 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

None

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2891182


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