STOP Demolition of "c. 1895 House" 20 ROBERT ST PENRITH NSW 2750

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PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBER FOR PENRITH MR STUART AYRES to express your support as he has the power to stop the demolition.

e-mail: penrith@parliament.nsw.gov.au or Phone: (02) 4722 8660

Ask him that the DEMOLITION BE STOPPED and the house be for nominated for listing on the State Heritage Register, and to extend the curtilage of The Lemongrove Estate Conservation Area to Robert Street in order to protect this property and others into the future.

The following link https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=2260818 from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) describes the Lemongrove Estate of 1884 a desirable suburb for the professional and business people of Penrith to live-in at the turn of the century. After the 1885 subdivision this would also include railway employees. The "Lemongrove Conservation Area" is bounded by: Hemmings Street, Thurston Street, Lemongrove Road and The Crescent, Penrith.

Information supplied by Penrith City Library indicates the house at 20 Robert st. (original access 19 Thurston St. 'see update below') was likely built 1895 in its original form (Nepean Times, 1895) for the Penrith Superintendent of the Locomotive Department, Government Railways (Nepean Times, 1893). The subsequent owner (Nepean Times, 1908) would be instrumental in establishing the Nepean Co-operative Society (Nepean Times, 1911). Local knowledge also suggests that the property once had its own tennis court located on the property next door at 22 Robert St.

Avoid the demolition of another Penrith house of architectural significance to be replaced by more "unsympathetic structures" and "urban consolidation". Don't let this property meet the same fate as Rodley House circa 1880, demolished 2017.

These buildings illustrate the building styles and forms of the late 19th to early 20th Century and they need to be preserved. Already there has been too much of Robert Street and the Penrith LGA lost to developers.

With the old Penrith Army Base already catering for this type of high density development there is no need for this in such a tiny street.

Although some alterations have occurred this period house largely retains the design elements that represent the social and cultural patterns of that era which can only be found in a few small pockets of Penrith.

Research by Penrith City Library have supplied aerial photography (see updates below) indicating that in 1943 this area was sparsely populated and the property was likely the first to front Robert Street with original main access via Thurston Street. Further research also shows the previous owners of the property were well known to the Penrith area (see above).

As with most complaints about these developments it will have compounding affect on an already parking congested narrow street due to existing over development.


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