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Willoughby Fire Station

Item details

Name of item: Willoughby Fire Station
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Fire Control
Category: Fire Station
Primary address: 53 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068
Local govt. area: Willoughby
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
53 Laurel StreetWilloughbyWilloughby  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Fire and Rescue NSWState Government 

Statement of significance:

The building is held in high regard for its links with the local community especially the families of volunteers/retained firemen. It has historical association with the local community since commencing its operation.
Date significance updated: 21 Mar 01
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Designer/Maker: Spain, Cosh & Dods
Physical description: Federation Arts and Crafts: a two storey brick and rendered building with a hipped tiled roof and a one storey section on the west. The building is rendered on the ground floor with exposed brickwork on the first floor. The building is divided into three bays, the central projecting bay houses the engine room. The engine room doorway has a horizontal rendered awning above, supported by two brackets and the original timber panelled doors with frosted glass infills. The engine bay is flanked by the one-storey section on the west with a centred triple casement window unit with highlights above, and a two storey bay on the east with a matching casement window unit. The exposed brick first floor has a quadruple sash window unit above the engine bay, with four pane top sashes, and a matching unit on the east. The building has boxed eaves, and the terracotta tiled roof is adorned with tall rendered chimneys with terracotta chimney pots. The building is set in a residential area of mostly one storey brick or timber Victorian and Federation houses, with a block of walkup Art Deco units, to the west of the sit and the Brutalist Masonic Hall attached to the rear of the Victorian classified cottage opposite the units (McMonnies 1988).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good. Paint peeling (McMonnies 1988).
Date condition updated:30 Jun 00
Modifications and dates: Alterations and additions c1929.
Current use: Fire Station
Former use: Fire Station and residence


Historical notes: Built in 1914, designed by Spain, Cosh and Dods (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 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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: State Government
Database number: 4690054

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