STOP Demolition of "c. 1895 House" 20 ROBERT ST PENRITH NSW 2750
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Above Image: From Penrith City Library Photographic Collection (1990s)
ASK PENRITH CITY COUNCIL/COUNCILLORS
Ph: (02) 4732 7777
*PLACE AN INTERIM HERITAGE ORDER ON THE HOUSE* to provide a temporary protection measure "THAT CAN STOP THE DEMOLITION OF A POTENTIAL HERITAGE ITEM" and provide Council’s Heritage Officer with the time to further assess the "HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE" of this house and take the appropriate steps to list it if warranted.
*Prepare a planning proposal to permanently list the house in accordance with the Local Environmental Plan 1991 (LEP 1991) as an item of local heritage significance (similar to The Lemongrove Conservation Area) and forward it to the Department of Planning and Environment with a request for a gateway determination.
*Once gateway determination is received, the planning proposal should be made available for community consultation, with the outcomes of that community consultation to be presented to Council.
Source: City of Ryde 2018
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.
See 'Updates' section below for a 1947 aerial photo of this property and local area when it 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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