Belvedere | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Belvedere
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.8317863656 Long: 151.2281651970
Primary address: 7 Cranbrook Avenue, Cremorne, NSW 2090
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: North Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOTA DP329662
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
7 Cranbrook AvenueCremorneNorth SydneyWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
 Private17 May 99

Statement of significance:

See also under 'Cranbrook Avenue Group' NSHS#1052. The house is generally regarded as one of the finest individual California Bungalow designs in NSW, described by J.M. Freeland as 'an eloquent sculptural statement' which 'anticipated later domestic work by nearly half a century'. The R.A.I.A regard it as 'the best work of a highly individual designer' (architect Alexander Stuart Jolly) LEP, 1989).
Date significance updated: 08 Nov 07
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Designer/Maker: Alexander Stuart Jolly, architect
Physical description: The house is an excellent example of the larger more mature Californian bungalow, and has all the typical elements of the larger more mature Californian bungalow style: planes of white rough-cast, areas of timber shingles, massive dark stained timber beams and low pitched, wide, sheltering eaves. There is a fine wide verandah with polished timber floor and stained timber beams to the roof. The front door is recessed between two heavy rough-cast piers which extend to, but do not support the gable overhand. The roof, which is an interesting interplay of planes, is formed of both hipped and gabled sections covered with slate. Jolly specialised in gadgets, and this house has a unique rotating cupboard between the kitchen and dining room. The whole house is in excellent condition. This building is designed in the Inter-War California Bungalow style (LEP, 1989).

Single storey residence of Interwar California bungalow style. A vigorous and assured interpretation of the Californian bungalow; with deep overhanging roofs, dynamic asymmetry and cleverly exposed structural timbers (RAIA, 1979).

The California Bungalow was one of the most successful importations brought to Australian architecture and both 'Belvedere' and 'Egglemont' (11 Cranbrook Avenue) are impressive examples of this style of architecture. The bungalows are prominently located on the brow of a hill and have fine city views. Belvedere has wide verandahs to remind the client of his country home. The front door is recessed behind 2 heavy rough-cast piers which extend to the roof overhang. The roof, in turn, comprises hipped and gabled sections covered with slate. The bungalow incorporates planes of white rough-cast, areas of timber shingles, massive dark stained timber beams and low sheltering eaves. The front garden wall and gate continues the theme of rough-cast piers of the bungalow itself (Heritage Branch, Branch Manager's Report no.26/84, 26/1/1984).
Date condition updated:08 Jul 13
Current use: residence
Former use: residence


Historical notes: Built 1919 for grazier C.H. Stockman, who specified broad eaves and wide verandahs and generous proportions for the plan. The architect, Alexander Stuart Jolly, was a prominent and unorthodox architect influenced by a love and knowledge of timber, the California bungalow movement and American 'organic' architecture (LEP, 1989).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Owning and occupying a house-
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 Developing suburbia-

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 0032002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0032030 Jan 87 0200511
Local Environmental Plan  03 Nov 89   
National Trust of Australia register Cranbrook Avenue 7674925 Jul 77   
Royal Australian Institute of Architects register  30 Mar 79   
Register of the National EstateBelvedere290621 Oct 80   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931054Brassil, T., Irving, R., Pratten, C., Conybeare MorrisonTB September 1992 No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenFreeland, J.M.1968Architecture in Australia - a history
WrittenHeritage Branch, Branch Manager1984Branch Manager's Report no.26/84, 26/1/1984).

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045243
File number: S90/05481 & HC 32742

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