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House - 56 Milton Street, Ashfield

Item details

Name of item: House - 56 Milton Street, Ashfield
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 56 Milton Street, Ashfield, NSW 2131
Local govt. area: Ashfield
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
56 Milton StreetAshfieldAshfield  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Roads and Maritime ServicesState Government 

Statement of significance:

As a good example of a Federation style cottage, 56 Milton Street is of local aesthetic significance. While cottages of this scale and age are not uncommon in the Ashfield area, this section of Milton Street is dominated by later bungalows and interwar flat buildings, making 56 Milton Street a rare example in the locality.
Date significance updated: 07 Oct 04
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Physical description: Form: Cottage with timber shingled front gable.
Style/Period: Arts & Crafts.
Storeys: 1.
Roof: Corrugated galvanised iron. Three roughcast chimneys with decorative brickwork
Walls: Brick with some decorative work in a lighter colour on rough sandstone base.
Fenestration: Timber sash and 3-part front casement with coloured glass margin panes and rounded brick sills; bulls eye leadlight window. Side door has an awning. High-waisted three-panel front door.
Other: Timber verandah posts with heart motif to brackets. Tile step risers.
Alterations: Front fence and verandah balustrade.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:22 Sep 04
Modifications and dates: Mid-20th century
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Suburban settlement in Ashfield increased as subdivisions became available throughout the 1860’s and 70’s as a result of the improved access to Ashfield village afforded by the railway which opened in 1855. During the boom years precipitated by the gold rush and the growth of the wool industry, Ashfield experienced a rise in population of all economic classes, resulting in the built character of the suburb which remains to the present. Substantial mansions, villas, and terraces were built by prominent residents and land speculators, while more moderate working class dwellings were built within walking of the railway stations.
The early occupants of 56 Milton Street according to the Sands Directory were:
1922-1923 Miss Maria Rogers
1924-26 Edward C. Wolpert
1928-33 Albert L. Miller

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is of local aesthetic significance as a good example of a Federation style cottage retaining many original features, notably the timber casement windows with coloured glazing and verandah joinery detailing.
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:

List on RTA s170 Heritage and Conservation Register.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
RTA Sydney - City Sub-region Heritage Study2004 Godden Mackay Logan  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCoupe Sheena and Coupe Robert1988Speed the Plough: Ashfield 1788-1988.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4305647

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