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Darlinghurst Fire Station

Item details

Name of item: Darlinghurst Fire Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Fire Control
Category: Fire Station
Primary address: Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Darlinghurst RoadDarlinghurstSydney  Primary Address
Victoria StreetDarlinghurstSydney  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Fire and Rescue NSWState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Darlinghurst Fire Station makes an invaluable contribution to the streetscape. It is a particularly good example of Vernon's skill in presenting a pleasing variety of shapes and masses, each reflecting the nature of the diverse interior uses of the building - and his capacity to handle building material sympathetically. It is also an outstanding example of his skill in dealing with an unusually shaped site, presenting a narrow fa├žade to the street convergence (McMonnies 1988).
Date significance updated: 29 Jun 00
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Designer/Maker: WL Vernon
Builder/Maker: Conrad Harrs, builder of Burwood.
Physical description: Federation Free style: a four storey building of complex massing, asymmetrical in proportion and presenting a variety of brick gables of different heights and size. Built on the apex of a "V" shaped block, formed by Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street. The building is constructed of red brick with stone dressings and ornamentation. The brickwork is a mixture of English Colonial and Stretcher bond. The sash windows are multi-paneled and appear to be original. Timber brackets support the overhanging eaves, while ground level awnings are supported by iron brackets with tie rods. The roof is made of slate and copper. The building has a hemispherical, two storey verandah on the apex (northern elevation). There are three engine bays on both the eastern and western sides (McMonnies 1988).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good (McMonnies 1988).
Date condition updated:29 Jun 00
Modifications and dates: Alterations and additions c1985.
Current use: Fire Station
Former use: Fire Station and residence


Historical notes: The Darlinghurst Fire Station was built in 1911 at a cost of near 10,000 pounds, and occupied by firemen on the 22nd January 1912. This station replaced the former station at 250 Victoria Street. This was the last to be designed by WL Vernon, as he retired from the position as Government Architect shortly afterwards. Constructed in 1910-11 by Conrad Harrs, a builder from Burwood. This building represented a dramatic departure from the stereotype of the public building (McMonnies 1988).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building has historical association with the local community since commencing its operation.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The building is held in high regard for its links with the local community especially the families of volunteers/retained firemen.
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.


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

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Survey of Sydney Region Fire Stations1988 Jennifer McMonnies  No
Buildings & Other Works/Relics South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes

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Name: State Government
Database number: 4690020

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