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House - 164 Ramsay St, Haberfield

Item details

Name of item: House - 164 Ramsay St, Haberfield
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 164 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, NSW 2045
Local govt. area: Ashfield
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
164 Ramsay StreetHaberfieldAshfield  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Roads and Maritime ServicesState Government 

Statement of significance:

The house is of local significance for its aesthetic contribution to the Haberfield Conservation Area. It is a good example of an intact Californian bungalow which is unusual for the area.
Date significance updated: 08 Mar 05
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Designer/Maker: Not known
Builder/Maker: RF Curyeuven
Construction years: 1916-1916
Physical description: Form: Bungalow Style: Californian Bungalow with Federation influences
Date: 1916
Number of storeys: 1
Roof: Marseilles tile
Walls: Brick with roughcast render and battened gable end
Fenestration: Timber casement windows
Other: Striking curved verandah wall and footpath to front steps
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Original condition assessment: 'Fair' (Last updated: 8/03/2005.)

2007-08 condition update: 'Fair.' (Last updated: 17/4/09.)
Date condition updated:17 Apr 09
Modifications and dates: Documentary evidence shows that original roof material was slate.
Further information: House next door at 162 was made by same builder.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The present day character of Haberfield was established between 1901 and 1917 with the subdivision and development of the Ramsay Family's Dobroyde Estate (Ramsay's Bush) by Richard Stanton. Approximately 1500 houses were constructed in this and adjoining areas to designs by J Spencer Stansfeld and D Wormald. Stanton applied a covenant on the land titles for lots in the Dobroyde Estate stipulating building setbacks and materials for each house to be constructed, which assured all owners that nearby development would be of similar quality.

Haberfield espoused the philosophy of the Garden Suburb with its gardens containing distinctive planting, fences, gates and curving tiled paths. Houses in Haberfield were typically 'detached' double-brick dwellings situated on their own block of land measuring 50' x 150' (15 m x 45 m). No two houses were alike, although there were many common themes throughout the suburb. The roofs were either slate or Marseilles tile. All had front verandahs. Decorative features typically used in this area include leadlight windows depicting Australian flora and fauna, Art Nouveau timber detailing and tuckpointed brickwork.

The land on which this house stands is part of Lot 32, Section B of the Dobroyd Park Estate offered for sale by Raine & Horne in 1905. RF Curyeuven, builder, purchased the land in 1916 and subdivided it into two lots. Curyeuven constructed a double fronted brick cottage with slate roof and 5 rooms at a cost of 650 pounds in 1916. Curyeuven also built the house at 162 Ramsay Street at a cost of 600 pounds.

In 1917, the house was sold to S.E. Vaughan (Vaugham) and the Sands Directory lists Mrs Vaughan resident at the address.

From 1918 to 1927, the house was owned by Charles W. Ellis. Various residents occupied the house as follows:
1919-1925 William Monk
1927 Mrs M Connaughton
1928-1929 Mrs Elizabeth Monk and Mrs S. O'Connor
1930 Mrs J. Fitzpatrick
1931-1932/33 Philip G. Brown

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 (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The house is of local historical significance as part of the subdivision and settlement of Richard Stanton's Dobroyde Estate, part of Australia's earliest garden suburb.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is of local aesthetic significance as an intact example of the Californian bungalow style.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Haberfield Conservation Area is of high social significance to local residents and heritage groups as evidenced by its several heritage listings, including nomination for the National Heritage List.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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:

House requires routine maintenance.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Within a conservation area on an LEP 198520 Dec 85   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
RTA Owned Real Estate Items in NSW - Phase 2 Register Update2005 Clive Lucas StapletonMeg Quinlisk Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1905Dobroyd Park Estate Subdivision Plan
Written  Water Board Plan c1930
Written  Valuer-General's Books
WrittenAshfield Council Rate Books
WrittenAshfield Council Building Application Records
WrittenJohn Sands John Sands Sydney and Suburban Street Directories
WrittenNational Trust1986Ashfield National Trust Urban Conservation Listing Card
WrittenRobert Moore et al1986The Haberfield Conservation Study, for Ashfield Municipal Council

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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4301006

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