93-97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale. Sydney, New South Wales

This row of four unnamed terraces in Sydney’s Chippendale adjacent to the Shannon Hotel (built in 1912) is difficult to date and unfortunately not on any official heritage list. Interesting for their subdued, almost Georgian architectural appearance, while typical of 1860s industrial housing in Ultimo, modifications over the years reveal some of the mystery to their past.

The plain sills, stringline corniced parapet hide some of the story of this row. Some of the detail appears turn of the century including trims and the terracotta chimneys, four panel windows and doors. Many of these modifications appear to have been made slightly after the erection of the hotel was built, possibly by acquisition, the hotel playing a role in local slum clearance at the turn of the century.  In particular, 93 became an apartment conversion at some stage and has a modified wider door as a result. 99 next door appears to be a poor plain brick attempt to fit the overall style of its neighbours, erected on a vacant site possibly during the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Photo by Michael Gardner. All rights reserved. Used with permission

Terrace Houses: 93-97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale


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