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Banco Road Court, Sydney Supreme Court House

Item details

Name of item: Banco Road Court, Sydney Supreme Court House
Other name/s: Sydney Supreme Court House (Banco Road Court), St James Law Courts, King Street Courts
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Law Enforcement
Category: Courthouse
Location: Lat: -33.8696480828 Long: 151.2111388080
Primary address: St James Road, Sydney, NSW 2000
Parish: St James
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
 902  3000
 928  3000
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
St James RoadSydneySydneySt JamesCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Attorney General's DepartmentState Government28 Jan 99

Statement of significance:

The Sydney Supreme Court building (Banco Court) located at the rear of the Old Registry building facing St James Road has historic significance as part of the Supreme Court complex. The building has aesthetic significance as a fine and largely intact example of a early twentieth century building in the Federation Free Style, and as the only courthouse in the city constructed in this style. The building makes an important contribution to the character of the immediate area, and with its small town scale blends well with the older buildings in the complex. The building has historic and social significance as part of the site. The site is significant as the location chosen for Macquarie's first Georgian Public School which was modified during construction to accommodate the Supreme Court. Representative of the style as used ina courthouse building and the quality of the interior detailing is representative of the importance given to judicial buildings at the turn of the century. (Peddle Thorp & Walker Pty Ltd, January 1998)
Date significance updated: 11 Jan 01
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Designer/Maker: WL Vernon
Construction years: 1895-1896
Physical description: The Banco Road Court is an attractively designed Federation Free Classical building with Baroque influenced decoration evident in the intricate sandstone carving around the window and building entrances. Interiors feature intact elaborate plasterwork and cedar joinery. This building relates well in design and siting to the neighbouring St James' Church.
The Banco Road Court is constructed in face red brick which has contrasting sandstone detailing and trim.
Architectural style: Federation Free Classical
Exterior: Brick, Sandstone.
Interior: Cedar joinery, Plaster
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good Condition.


Historical notes: The Banco Road Court building now farms part of the Supreme Court House group. It was designed by the Government Architect WL Vernon and built in 1895-96.

2004 Energy Australia National TRust Heritage Award recieved.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0079902 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenPeddle Thorp & Walker1998King Street Courts Complex Sydney - Outline Conservation Plan

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5011940
File number: S95/00338/1

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