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8 shops with dwellings above

Item details

Name of item: 8 shops with dwellings above
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 581-595 Military Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Mosman


Property boundaries
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
581-595 Military RoadMosmanMosmanWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

An important element in the Military Road Conservation Area, evidencing early commercial development and defining the southern side of Military Road between the Town Hall and the Library Walk shopping complex. An excellent example of a unified Federation-period terrace of shops, each shop being expressed individually as was characteristic in that period. An array of arched recessed balconies, gablets and party wall eaves-stops provides a most pleasing rhythm in the streetscape.
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Designer/Maker: H A Wiltshire
Builder/Maker: Not known
Physical description: Federation Queen Anne. The components of this terrace have the characteristic Federation form of shopfront and awning with recessed arched balcony above, a form found in many suburbs but whose survivors are diminishing in number. This is a particularly fine example because of the combination of very broad arches with their surmounting gablets, separated by party walls and eaves-stops. Although the shopfronts and awnings and one upstairs facade have been altered, the ensemble possesses notable unity by virtue of the Federation palette of materials, especially red-brown face brick and unglazed terra cotta roof tiles. There are other minor modifications, eg some painted brickwork in the recessed balconies and one infilled arch, but the authentic character of the whole remains evident. The suspended and stepped awning is a fairly early one constructed of rivetted steel. The shopfronts, though all changed, still have splayed asymmetrical ingoes, suggesting that this was the original form.
Modifications and dates: Sympathetic Unsympathetic Minor Alteration Major Alteration.


Historical notes: Completion of the first four of these shops was recorded in a newspaper report in August 1899 which, among other things, noted the 'great plate glass windows reaching to within about six inches of the ground...' and the white painted corrugated iron ceilings. The remaining four appear to have been built about 1900, the architect for them all being H A Wiltshire. They were known as the 'Bank Buildings' because the ES&A Bank ran a branch there for a number of years. The tenants in 1904 were: Miss A Joyner, refreshment rooms; E A Kean, book shop; Newell May, stationers and fancy goods, Nurse Newell, MTNA, and Newell & May, furniture brokers; W C Foot, chemist; John Wilson, drafter; E S & A Bank; Koch O'Hara, estate agents, and F Koch, art upholsterer; and Brothers James & Co, fruiterer.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria g)
This item is aesthetically representative locally. This item is historically representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan8 shops with dwellings above 09 Dec 11 41 
Within a conservation area on an LEPMilitary Road Conservation Area (HCA No 7)G&M   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed G&M   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Pittwater Road Review2001 Kim Ketelby  Yes
 0281 RI/CHP/CK No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2060281
File number: 281

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