This grand triple storey row of five houses erected in 1890 situated near Potts Point’s famous McElhone stairs is currently known as Waratah Apartments with a serviced apartments complex integrated behind the facades.
The state heritage listed terrace is notable for its rich classical styled embellishment. Victorian row houses such as this heralded Pott’s Point’s status as the ‘Regent’s Park of Sydney’.
Architecturally this beautiful terrace features a double storey bullnosed verandah with a corrugated iron roof and screen of rich cast iron lacework decoration in the filligree style with fringe, brackets and a fine panelled lacework balustrade. The upper balcony is column free, however a classical cast iron column defines the entryway at ground level. The party walls wave out from the main facade and feature acanthus scroll decorations. The second storey of each house features two large french doors each with fanlights for ample light provision. Classical pilasters and entablature provide visual separation to the upper level which has two double hung windows with prominent bracketed ledges. A frieze defines the parapet and the mid terrace has a raised parapet with a cartouche featuring the terrace name and date, however I haven’t been able to find any reference to the origins of the unusual naming of “Hortonbridge”.
The terrace is notable for its ground floor decoration, particularly its window arrangement and bold Palladian motif with large segmental pediments propped up by rendered classical columns flanked by sidelights with deep moulded ledges. A horizontal moulding visually connects the doorway which has a round arched decorated fanlight window above a distinguished four panelled Victorian door.
In the 1970s, developers planned to demolish the terrace, however the National Trust NSW fortunately stepped in and classified the precinct and interim protection was granted until it was finally granted legal protection in 1981. Development did proceed, however and as a result the terrace was been substantially modified yet the facade remains in near original condition.