Coogee Federation heritage


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121-127 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034
121-127 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034

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1. 'Ocean View' 121-127 Arden Street or 370 Alison Road, (Landmark corner)

  • 'Ocean View' 370 Alison Road Huge Federation style mansion. 'Ocean View' Grand Landmark Family Home - Estate of M. M. Wirth "Wirth Circus"
  • An historically significant Sydney residence, in a premier coastal position, this magnificent property was built in 1916 as a family home for Philip Wirth, founder of the famous Wirth's Circus.
  • Occupying one of the area's largest land parcels (1693 sqm), this sprawling home is surrounded by immaculate level gardens, while its beach side position affords panoramic views of the ocean and coastline.
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  • Sold price: $5,000,000 on Apr 2010.[1]
  • The house has beautiful Art Nouveau leadlight glass in many doors and windows, and decorative Art Nouveau timber screens.
  • The house in Alison Road, Coogee is rumoured to have an elephant buried in the backyard. Wirth's Circus, billed as "the land of sawdust and spangles", was finally disbanded in 1963, nearly 30 years after Phillip Wirth's death. Read more:


2. “Cliffbrook” 45 Beach Street Coogee

Cliffbrook House Beach Street Coogee NSW
Cliffbrook House Beach Street Coogee NSW

Built in 1921 by Sir Denison Miller, first Governor of the Commonwealth Bank. “Cliffbrook” is a two storey Edwardian Free Classical style house now owned by the University Of New South Wales and the location of Redfern Legal Centre Publishing and UNSW Press,
  • Two storey Edwardian Free Classical style house constructed in liver brick with sandstone quoins, lintels, sills and colonnades. Slate roof.
  • Internally there is a fine Georgian maple staircase, Art Deco patterned leaded windows, fine Victorian marble chimney pieces and Adam Revival plaster ceilings.
  • A high stone wall fronts Beach and Battery Streets and handsome Italianate pillars frame the entrance to the drive.
  • The well landscaped grounds are around one hectare. The garage is sandstone. Some alterations and additions but these do not detract. Surrounded by high stone wall.
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Edwardian 'Cliffbrook'

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Original Cliffbrook, Gordon St, Coogee. Built 1873, demolished 1976
  • History: Built in 1921 by Sir Denison Miller, first Governor of the Commonwealth Bank. “Cliffbrook” is located on the site of the stables of the original “Cliffbrook”. This building stood in nearby Gordon Avenue until it was demolished in 1976. New “Cliffbrook” was designed by architect, John Kirkpatrick.
45 Beach St, Coogee NSW 2034
45 Beach St, Coogee NSW 2034

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  • You can see these two houses from Beach Street, directly adjacent to Cliffbrook House:
  • 2 Gordon Avenue(right) and 4 Gordon Avenue (left)
    Two very good two storey Federation houses in Arts and Craft style built after 1915.

    Steep pitched gabled roofs and steep pitched, front gable over attics. Shingled roofs reflects Arts and Crafts influence.2 Gordon Avenue has Tudor style timbering on front gable feature. Recessed centre porch. Bay windows at side.
    Sympathetic garage. Spoiled by high brick fence. Otherwise appears more or less original.
Federation Arts and Crafts Houses at 2-4 Gordon Ave Coogee NSW
Federation Arts and Crafts Houses at 2-4 Gordon Ave Coogee NSW

The American shingle influence:
Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio
Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio

The steep roofs of this style are good for shedding snow: Frank Lloyd Wright's home designed in Arts and Crafts style
The steep roofs of this style are good for shedding snow: Frank Lloyd Wright's home designed in Arts and Crafts style

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio Holiday Tour
Echoes of Frank Lloyd Wright in Coogee:
2 Gordon Avenue (Beach Street view) Coogee NSW
2 Gordon Avenue (Beach Street view) Coogee NSW

Nathan G. Moore House, Oak Park, IL, USA designed by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1895
Nathan G. Moore House, Oak Park, IL, USA designed by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1895

The Nathan G. Moore House is a house completed in 1895 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wrightin the Tudor Revival or Arts and Crafts style. The house was built at 333 Forest Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.

4 Gordon Avenue Beach Street view, Coogee NSW, showing unsympathetic office and garage addition on Beach Street
4 Gordon Avenue Beach Street view, Coogee NSW, showing unsympathetic office and garage addition on Beach Street
This roof features a 'cat-slide' below the solar panel
4 Gordon Avenue from Beach Street Coogee NSW which could have looked as beautiful as Frank Lloyd Wright's own home in Chicago
4 Gordon Avenue from Beach Street Coogee NSW which could have looked as beautiful as Frank Lloyd Wright's own home in Chicago


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Excellent Art Nouveau inspired timber verandah frieze at 48 Beach Street Coogee NSW
Excellent Art Nouveau inspired timber verandah frieze at 48 Beach Street Coogee NSW


3. 69 Beach Street Coogee

  • "Warrimoo” 1920's Federation Arts and Crafts style with visible rafter ends under the eaves. Appeared in Sands Directory in late 1920’s.
  • Steep main roof continues down over verandah in true Federation Bungalow style.
  • Decoration generally restrained with considerable charm derived from simplicity.
  • Stone fence also, all in very good condition. [2]
  • Features large first storey area with its own porch and gable above, with stylish window mullions reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright bungalow style as shown here:
69 Beach Street Coogee NSW
69 Beach Street Coogee NSW

Bungalow constructed in 1902. The Heurtley House is considered one of the earliest examples of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in full Prairie style: Oak Park Il Heurtley House
Bungalow constructed in 1902. The Heurtley House is considered one of the earliest examples of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in full Prairie style: Oak Park Il Heurtley House


4. 75 Beach Street“Coogee NSW

San Antonio”, 1920’s Federation Arts and Craft style. House inspiration includes wooden shingles, (an American influence) with wide prominent gables facing in 3 directions, one asymmetrical. The style overall is Edwardian.

75 Beach Street Coogee NSW
75 Beach Street Coogee NSW
Renovated inter-War apartments at 95 Beach Street Coogee NSW
Renovated inter-War apartments at 95 Beach Street Coogee NSW
Only six apartments in a character-filled Art Deco block.
Unit 4 sold for $775,000 on Mon 21-Oct-13; Rent $690pw in Aug 2012

5. 95 Beach Street Coogee, Apartments

  • The green-coloured metal work probably indicates enclosed former balconies. (Any earlier pictures?)
  • Real estate agents describe this 1920's building as Art Deco, but it has Arts and Crafts influences, such as odd-sized windows facing north. The narrow windows are typically Edwardian, the small window groups are Arts and Crafts style.
  • The arched window is likely located at the top of the stair well and is the most notable Art Deco window feature.
  • Original interiors appear to have been totally lost. However the tuck-pointed exterior is charming.

6. 78, 84-86 Dolphin Street Coogee

Federation in an outstanding Art Nouveau style and sadly renovated Queen Anne Federation semi-detached houses
  • No 78 has large projecting semi-hexagonal front at centre. Small porches either side. Attractive shingled gable on projection with window hood below.
  • Other limited decoration contributes to attractiveness. Includes use of darker coloured brick, coloured glass panes, original doors and windows. Little altered but needs maintenance.
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78 Dolphin Street Federation Queen Anne with Art Nouveau style

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78 Dolphin Street Coogee streetview from corner

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Streetview of semi-detached Federation houses at 84-86 Dolphin Street Coogee

Mis-matched renovations at 86 and 4 Dolphin Stree Coogee NSW
Mis-matched renovations at 86 and 4 Dolphin Stree Coogee NSW


7. 28 Powell Street Coogee

‘Belle’ - Impressive Federation period house.
Slate roof, two colour brick (including dark tone quoin bricks to roof line), attractive roughcast. Flat timber work on verandah, extending on two sides with pairs of posts on brick base, small gables at right angles emphasise orientation.

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8. 90-100 Brook Street Coogee

  • Group of two storey Edwardian style semis, c. 1915 Despite alterations basic form is retained which has resulted in an attractive streetscape.
90-92 Brook Street Coogee NSW
90-92 Brook Street Coogee NSW

104 Brook Street Coogee NSW
104 Brook Street Coogee NSW

96-98 Brook Street Coogee NSW
96-98 Brook Street Coogee NSW

92-94 Brook Street Coogee NSW
92-94 Brook Street Coogee NSW

Two excellent Federation Houses:

9. 113 Brook Street Coogee

  • Excellent Federation style house. Almost intact and immaculately maintained with Art Nouveau decorationComplex roof form with small flying gables on each side, over bay windows. Additional gablet over centre of front verandah. Slate roof with terra cotta ridge capping. Outstanding feature is magnificent timber decoration on gables, gablet and verandah.Good front fence. Good leadlight above windows and around door. Attractive front garden area. Video Tour & Listing for Sale
113 Brook Street, Coogee NSW
113 Brook Street, Coogee NSW


113 Brook Street, Coogee
113 Brook Street, Coogee

113 Brook Street, Coogee
113 Brook Street, Coogee

10. St. Nicolas’ Rectory, 123 Brook Street, Coogee

St. Nicolas’ Rectory, 123 Brook Street, Coogee
St. Nicolas’ Rectory, 123 Brook Street, Coogee

An example of a two storey Federation residence in Queen Anne style.
The foundation stone was laid by Rt Rev William Saumarez-Smith on 7th December 1907.

The Rectory was first occupied in May 1908 by Rev William Greenwood and family.

This Rectory is indicative of the prosperity and strength of the parish of Coogee in the building program which followed the fire at St Nicolas’s in August 1905.

Federation Apartments in a row of Art Deco at 146 Beach Street South Coogee NSW
Federation Apartments in a row of Art Deco at 146 Beach Street South Coogee NSW

Art Deco style 'The Warwick' Apartments 154 Beach Street South Coogee NSW
Art Deco style 'The Warwick' Apartments 154 Beach Street South Coogee NSW


11. 'Renovation Row' 168-176 Beach Street South Coogee
Row of handsome Federation semi-detached two-storey beach frontage houses, with some renovated unsympathetically.

Most have verandah friezes in Queen Anne, or Art Nouveau style. One of these is believed to have been owned by the Mel Gibson family.
"Renovation Row":168-172 Beach Street South Coogee NSW
"Renovation Row":168-172 Beach Street South Coogee NSW



12. "VERONA" 340 Arden Street(Landmark)

340 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034
340 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034

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Arden and Oberon Street Corner
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  • Grand Federation style corner house, c. 1915 "VERONA" - Rare federation excellence in sensational surroundings "Gracious 'Verona' c1913 makes an instant impression with its grand proportions, on over 620sqm of glorious landscaped grounds, this superb residence is a showcase of traditional Federation appeal and stylish modern finishes and is one of Coogee's landmark homes with an elevated street setting within a short stroll to the beach, many parklands and beachside cafes." Sold price: $2,270,000 on Aug 2009.


36 Dudley St, Coogee NSW 2034
36 Dudley St, Coogee NSW 2034

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36 Dudley St Coogee NSW 2034Transit: Carr St Near Dudley St

13. The Dudley Street Federation Architecture conservation area

The conservation area includes fine quality groupings and individual examples of large Federation and Inter-War period detached houses. Several styles are represented, including Federation Bungalow and Queen Anne and Inter-War Mediterranean andFunctionalist.[3]

The most outstanding individual examples listed by Randwick Council are the Federation Queen Anne style houses at
  • Nos 16, 22, 34 and 36 Dudley Street andNos 1 and 7 Thomas Street
7 Thomas Street Coogee
7 Thomas Street Coogee

1 Thomas Street Coogee
1 Thomas Street Coogee
10-12 Higgs Street Coogee NSW
10-12 Higgs Street Coogee NSW
8 Higgs Street Coogee
8 Higgs Street Coogee

14. 7 Thomas Street Coogee

Outstanding large Federation Bungalow style
  • One of a varied but complementary group ofgrand early twentieth century houses:* Large Bungalow style house with charming features including:
    • a large circular bay below main gable (in pebbledash pattern) and
    • arched porch entry with its own gablet.
    • Find detailing throughout, especially original tiles on front steps.
    • House set well back on elevated site with attractive lawn and garden area

15. 36 Dudley Street Coogee

36 Dudley Street Coogee NSW
36 Dudley Street Coogee NSW

Queen Anne Style at 34 Dudley Street Coogee NSW
Queen Anne Style at 34 Dudley Street Coogee NSW

Bungalow at 32 Dudley Street South Coogee
Bungalow at 32 Dudley Street South Coogee

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Bungalow at 26 Dudley Street Coogee NSW
Bungalow at 26 Dudley Street Coogee NSW

24 Dudley Street Coogee NSW.
24 Dudley Street Coogee NSW.

Federation Arts and Crafts style at 22 Dudley Street South Coogee NSW
Federation Arts and Crafts style at 22 Dudley Street South Coogee NSW

Federation Queen Anne at :20 Dudley Street Coogee NSW
Federation Queen Anne at :20 Dudley Street Coogee NSW

Arts and Crafts style at 16 Dudley Street South Coogee NSW
Arts and Crafts style at 16 Dudley Street South Coogee NSW

Across the park to:

15. 39-41 Byron Street Coogee

39-41 Byron Street Coogee NSW
39-41 Byron Street Coogee NSW

  • Delightful pair of Federation semi-detached houses in Art Nouveau style down the hill to:
    165/167 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee NSW 2034
    165/167 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee NSW 2034
    165/167 Coogee Bay Rd Coogee NSW 2034

16. 165-167 Coogee Bay Road

  • Outstanding Federation semi, c. 1910. Complex roof form. Symmetrical with three gables. Of particular note are corner rotundas with their own slate roofs. Together with adjoining verandah feature decorative timber posts and slatted balustrades and valences (partly removed on No. 167). Upper window frames to No. 165 still retain coloured glass panes. Roughcast chimneys and decoration on gables. Sold $1,320,000
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17. 15 Carr Street Coogee

Fully reconstructed Federation style house, c. 1920. Symmetrical design.Complex roof features central gambrel and gables on sides above rectangular bays.Further gablet over center of verandah. Arched recessed entry to main door. Triple casement windows in bays on each side with skylights. Outstanding detailing includes magnificent tiling on gables (very unusual), pressed metal on verandah gablet, simple timber decoration to verandah, leadlight, tiling on path and verandah, stone capping and excellent front fence. Reconstruction is authentic and very carefully detailed.
15 Carr St, Coogee NSW 2034
15 Carr St, Coogee NSW 2034

18. 21 Carr Street Coogee

Almost intact Late Victorian house, c. 1890. Corner design.Traditional L-shape gable. Verandah on both frontages. Steep pitched slate roof with bullnosed corrugated iron verandah. Outstanding detail includes terra cotta ridge capping, cast iron verandah posts with lace brackets and fringes, mouldings on bay, timber decoration and pressed metal on gables (both frontages) original tiling on path and verandah, and Art Nouveau leadlight glazing. Palisade fence is also outstanding with solid gate posts.

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  • 19. “CALVINIA” 87 Coogee Bay Road

    • “CALVINIA” Outstanding two-storey Federation style house on elevated corner site. Very well maintained. Little altered except for reasonably sympathetic balcony enclosure. Complex plan and roof form. Verandah across front and around to Carrington Road side of special note are prominent gabled projections on front and side.
    • Strong Arts and Crafts influence. Main roof is slate with terra cotta tiled verandah. Decorative use of roughcast, stone, timber and shingling.
    • Verandah supported by slender classical columns on brick piers. Exposed rafter eaves. Decorative pediment on portico styled section of verandah. Contribution to streetscape at this key intersection is considerable.[4]

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  • "Grand family home of extraordinary charm. One of the area's oldest homes (C.1869), Clavinia offers a proudly elevated landmark position on a large block of north facing land (775sqm approx). Opening to a classic return verandah and expansive sunny gardens, the restored and updated residence retains its grand period features. - 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, separate studio - Large formal rooms, pressed metal ceilings - Sitting room, eat-in main kitchen, 2nd kitchen, internal laundry - High ceilings, 2 marble fireplaces, leadlights - Cedar joinery, polished NZ Kauri floorboards."[5]
39-41 Byron Street Coogee
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  2. ^ http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library/scripts/objectifyMedia.aspx?file=pdf/275/09.pdf&siteID=1&str_title=20121213_Beach%20St%2069%20Coogee.pdf
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  5. ^ http://www.homehound.com.au/87+coogee+bay+rd+coogee+nsw+2034/