Federation Gables

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A single-story house with two gables, highlighted in yellow, with a third implied in the back.
A single-story house with two gables, highlighted in yellow, with a third implied in the back.
Federation houses ask for your approval, and appreciation of their elegance, with...
Art Nouveau motifs, their elongated chimneys, and steep gables.

The Gable is the triangular end section of a pitched roof.

Throughout the different housing periods builders have chosen to decorate the gable with a wide range of styles and materials....
  • from roughcast to simple timbering, popular in 1920's and 1930's,
  • to elaborate carved woodwork from the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
36 Dalhousie Street Haberfield with sunrise in gable and fretwork gable decoration, surmounted with finial at apex
36 Dalhousie Street Haberfield with sunrise in gable and fretwork gable decoration, surmounted with finial at apex

Sunrise Gables in Haberfield NSW Federation Homes:

43 Dudley Street Haberfield
43 Dudley Street Haberfield

19-21 Boomerang St
19-21 Boomerang St

6 Dudley Street Haberfield
6 Dudley Street Haberfield

36 Dalhousie Street
36 Dalhousie Street


Haberfield flying gable with stylised gable brackets
Haberfield flying gable with stylised gable brackets
  • A flying gable projects well beyond the line of the wall beneath, and can be bracketed from the wall, and decorated.
Flying gable with engraved decoration, at 25 Turner Avenue supported by brackets inspired by a NZ theme
Flying gable with engraved decoration, at 25 Turner Avenue supported by brackets inspired by a NZ theme

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Edwardian Gable styles

  • Victorian buildings used a parapet to hide the roof.

  • Federation housing was mostly single-story, so the gable became fashionable again.

  • Some Victorian terraces had a small gable, a 'Gablet' in the roofline, and gablets continue in Federation style, usually for ventilation.
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Flying Gable in Filigree style
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False Gables and gablets

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Randwick Gable design
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Shingled false gable on corner of verandah, ventilation gablet at the roof apex behind the corner gablet
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Randwick sunrise gable

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Haberfield Gable design

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Randwick Mini sunrise on shingled gable