618a Bourke Street, Surry Hills

We were engaged to prepare a Conservation Management Document under Clause 5.10.10 of the City of Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 (Sydney LEP 2012) with the specific purpose of enabling adaptive reuse of the building as a childcare centre.   The former residence at 618A Bourke Street Surry Hills was built by 1882 although fabric evidence on site suggests the construction date may be as early as the 1860s. The original form of the building consisted of a west facing two storey masonry Gothic style residence with a deep setback from Bourke Street. The floor plan had two rooms on each level and a staircase in between. The main entry was located on the front (west) façade.   Although the house had been vacant for a number of years and had fallen into disrepair, the original exterior of the building was largely intact and some original fabric was present internally. The property has local historic and aesthetic significance as one of the earliest residences built along Bourke Street and is a rare surviving example of the residential Victorian Gothic Style. It provides evidence of the early subdivision patterns, development and style of housing in the local area in the mid-19th Century.[1]   Since works were commenced on the childcare centre, H21 have acted as the on-site heritage architect, contributing to the building process by ensuring that significant heritage fabric is preserved. [1] NSW Department of Environment and Heritage – Heritage Branch Inventory Sheet – Database No. 2420389 (accessed 22.10.13)

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