286-302 Jones Street, Pyrmont. Sydney, New South Wales

Set high in Pyrmont’s hills, this is one of two long and similarly designed but distinct rows of single storey cottages, like its neighbours, this row of nine is notable for its polychrome treatment and Queen Anne inspired gable design.  Built in the late 1890s, sometime after 1897, the homes first appear in council rate books around 1901.1  The entire row was owned by J E Kin and let at £35.2

Terrace houses: 286-302 Jones Street Pyrmont Sydney New South Wales

The quoined brown and cream brickwork and window arch treatment is reminiscent of high Victorian buildings in Melbourne, and a style much rarer in Sydney.  Though the form is typical of local styles with their gables and circular vents creating a very picturesque effect.  Party walls frame the entryway which are elevated with stairs leading in opposite directions to the street below, while the topography varies, the terrace achieves a flat profile.  The roof was originally slate3, more recently replaced with corrugated iron.  Pairs of windows sharing a ledge are a principle feature of the projecting gabled bays.  Shallow verandahs overhang tiled decks.  There were originally 4 principle rooms with kitchen bathroom and laundry and very little appears to have changed in terms of their condition over the years.

The homes are heritage listed, described as “Federation Terraces”, they were identified in the 1990 Prymont/Ultimo Heritage Study.4

References

  1. City of Sydney Assessment books 1896-1901
  2. ibid
  3. Advertising. pg 29, The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 February 1938
  4. City of Sydney Heritage item 2424445

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