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Manufacturers House

Item details

Name of item: Manufacturers House
Other name/s: Manufacturer's Mutual Building
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Commercial Office/Building
Location: Lat: -32.9287069678 Long: 151.7842422320
Primary address: 35-37 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Parish: Newcastle
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Newcastle
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Awabakal
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP342578
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
35-37 Watt StreetNewcastleNewcastleNewcastleNorthumberlandPrimary Address
King StreetNewcastleNewcastleNewcastleNorthumberlandAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated


Designer/Maker: Spain and Cosh
Construction years: 1920-1920
Physical description: Manufacturers House is a three storey building designed in the Classic Revival Style. Its sandstone-clad faade features a base, columns, two storeys high capped by a detailed string course and a third floor terminated with a parapet including balusters. It retains its original multi-paned windows.

A particularly fine feature of Manufacturers House is its splayed corner which incorporates the main entrance flanked by two sandstone columns.

Internally the building is divided into small offices with access of a spine corridor. Of particular interest are the stair well and the corridor areas. (Heritage Office Branch Managers Report 26/1/1984)
Modifications and dates: It has been substantially improved to provide modern commercial premises. (Media Release 1984)
Current use: Office space


Historical notes: Constructed in the 1920s to the design of Spain and Cosh.

Manufacturers house was one of 30 buildings on which s.130 order were placed in 1981 because of their importance to the Newcastle Business District and East End.

A Permanent Conservation order was placed over the building on 15 June 1984. It was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Constructed in the 1920s to the design of the architects Spain and Cosh.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is designed in Classic Revival style and is located on a prominent corner at the centre of Newcatle business district.
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.

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 0031402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0031415 Jun 84 933128
Local Environmental Plan  03 Jul 92   

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045379
File number: S90/05392 & HC 32854

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