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Metters Building

Item details

Name of item: Metters Building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Commercial Office/Building
Location: Lat: -33.8780354187 Long: 151.2097765700
Primary address: 154-158 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Parish: St Lawrence
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
   CP/SP22263
LOT10 SP22263
LOT11 SP22263
LOT12 SP22263
LOT15 SP22263
LOT17 SP22263
LOT3 SP22263
LOT5 SP22263
LOT8 SP22263
LOT9 SP22263
LOT21 SP35135
LOT18 SP35136
LOT19 SP35136
LOT20 SP35136
LOT22 SP35136
LOT23 SP35136
LOT24 SP37215
LOT25 SP37215
LOT26 SP41735
LOT27 SP41735
LOT28 SP41735
LOT29 SP41735
LOT30 SP51547
LOT31 SP51547
LOT32 SP51547
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
154-158 Elizabeth StreetSydneySydneySt LawrenceCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Metters' Building is part of a group of early twentieth-century commercial buildings that have retained a high degree of architectural integrity, sufficient to form a distinctive aesthetic precinct representing the period 1910-1914. The retention of Federation Free Style detailing above the ground floor is significant.
Date significance updated: 18 Oct 07
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Description

Designer/Maker: Robertson and Marks
Construction years: 1914-1914
Physical description: Metters Building is located in a mixed streetscape along Elizabeth Street. It is a six storey building of Federation Anglo Dutch style with a corner oriel window and a central two bay facade surmounted by a high triangular pediment.

The tower to the oriel window is missing. An unusual use of a projecting cornice occurs to the oriel window and the end bay which balances it in an asymmetrically manner. The central bays are distinguished by arched windows divided by solid spandrels. At the sixth floor smaller flat arched windows form part of an entablature frieze. At the first floor an entablature is supported by projecting brackets. The facade below the awning has been significantly modified. Internally the plan is rectangular with a rear lightwell.

The interior is lacking in quality detailing but is quite intact with original metal ceilings and glass to the toilet area. The building is unusual for its original timber fire stair. Category:Individual Building.

Style:Federation Anglo-Dutch.
Storeys:6.
Facade:Plastered brick, Render.
Side/Rear Walls:Face brick, Plastered brick, Render.
Internal Walls:Plasterboard & stud.
Roof Cladding:Corrugated metal.
Internal Structure:Timber column and floor.
Floor:Timber joists & boards.
Roof:Timber framing.
Ceilings:Pressed metal, Susp. plasterboard.
Stairs:2.
Fire Stairs:1.
Sprinkler System:Yes.
Lifts:1.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Significantly intact above ground floor level.
Date condition updated:13 Feb 07
Modifications and dates: Alterations to shopfront c1980
Current use: Office building
Former use: Aboriginal land, town lot

History

Historical notes: The "Eora people" was the name given to the coastal Aborigines around Sydney. Central Sydney is therefore often referred to as "Eora Country". Within the City of Sydney local government area, the traditional owners are the Cadigal and Wangal bands of the Eora. There is no written record of the name of the language spoken and currently there are debates as whether the coastal peoples spoke a separate language "Eora" or whether this was actually a dialect of the Dharug language. Remnant bushland in places like Blackwattle Bay retain elements of traditional plant, bird and animal life, including fish and rock oysters (Anita Heiss, "Aboriginal People and Place", Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/barani).

With the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today. All cities include many immigrants in their population. Aboriginal people from across the state have been attracted to suburbs such as Pyrmont, Balmain, Rozelle, Glebe and Redfern since the 1930s. Changes in government legislation in the 1960s provided freedom of movement enabling more Aboriginal people to choose to live in Sydney (Anita Heiss, "Aboriginal People and Place", Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/barani).

Metters Building:
The Metters building was designed by architects Robertson & Marks and built in 1914.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
1. Environment-Tracing the evolution of a continent's special environments Environment - naturally evolved-Activities associated with the physical surroundings that support human life and influence or shape human cultures. Changing the environment-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services Retailing-
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. Building settlements, towns and cities-National Theme 4
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 20th century Suburban Developments-
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 Commercial strip development-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. Architectural styles and periods - Federation Anglo-Dutch-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act See File For Schedule


Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(1) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material.
Mar 10 1989
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Record converted from HIS events


Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
* change of use;
* strata subdivision;
* maintenance, where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing fabric;
* minor repairs where minor repair means the repair of materials and includes replacement of minor components such as individual bricks where these have been damaged beyond reasonable repair or are missing. Replacements should be of the same materials, colour, texture, form and design as the original it replaces;
* alterations to the interior of the building, except insofar as such works would affect the external appearance of the building.
Mar 23 1990
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions ORDER UNDER SECTION 57(2) OF THE HERITAGE ACT 1977

Standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977.

I, Donald Harwin, the Special Minister of State 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, effective 1 December 2020:

1. revoke the order made on 11 July 2008 and published on pages 91177 to 9182 of Government Gazette Number 110 of 5 September 2008 and varied by notice published in the Government Gazette on 5 March 2015; and

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

Donald Harwin
Special Minister of State
Signed this 9th Day of November 2020.

To view the standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 click on the link below.
Nov 13 2020

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0073202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0073223 Mar 90 412492
Local Environmental PlanCSH Local Environmental Plan 4 07 Apr 00   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenFORM Architects1998Metters' Building Heritage Impact Statement

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage NSW
Database number: 5045329
File number: EF14/5475; S90/01368 HC87 3260


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