Hilton | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Hilton
Other name/s: Broxbourne
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -33.8024888526 Long: 151.1839133820
Primary address: 313-315 Mowbray Road, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Willoughby
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP924466
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
313-315 Mowbray RoadChatswoodWilloughbyWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Hilton, constructed in 1903, is of State heritage significance as excellent example of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture. Hilton provides a unique and unusual contrast in architecture to the immediate area. Hilton is associated with the architect Albert Borchard and the industrialst W.H Hoskins. (Heritage Branch files)
Date significance updated: 08 Aug 13
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Designer/Maker: Phoebe Borchard
Construction years: 1903-1903
Physical description: Hilton is as excellent example of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture. Massively built using three feet thick slabs of stone, the house is characterised by its use of truncated stone columns between recessed windows with heavy, rusticated stone quoining to the windows. The front elevation is dominated by two elegant matching stuccoed gables.

The roof is composed of variegated terracotta tiles of a Marseilles pattern and is dominated nu a tiled pediment-shaped capping.

Internally, roughly half the house is still in its original condition. Of particular significance are the massively dressed stone fireplaces, designed around a keystone with elaborate overmantels. Some metal Wunderlich ceilings remain intact. Also remaining are several pieces of the original press-carved joinery.

The surrounding garden wall with wrought iron gates echoes the design and heavy stonework of the front faade. Several mature Canary Island Palma consolidate the heavy exotic atmosphere of Hilton. The fountain, tennis court and swimming pool all later additions. A large garage at the corner of Nea and Young Streets is attached to the house. (Heritage Branch files)
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Hilton was constructed in 1903 and designed by Albert Borchard for W. H Hoskings an industrialist.

Upon Hoskins death in 1906, the property was occupied and later purchased by the Reverend Alexander McKinley. McKinley occupied the house until 1924 when he sold it to Mrs Elfie Symington for 2350 pounds. The house has stylistic and historic links with Seven Gables (251 Mowbray Road), also said to have been designed by Albert Borchard and built about the same time. Broxbourne was later referred to as Hilton which was apparently named after the son of a more recent owner.

An Interim Heritage Order was made over Hilton on 19 November 1982 in repsonse to a proposal to alter the building with a Cape Cod extension.

A Permanent Conservation Order was placed over the property on 2 August 1985 to assist with appropriate management of the house.

It was transferred to the State Heritage Regiter on 2 April 1999.

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. (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 0037402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0037402 Aug 85 1123953
Local Environmental Plan  17 Nov 95   
National Trust of Australia register Hilton Formerly Broxbourne7915   

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045396
File number: S90/05279 & HC 30358

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