Warrawee, NSW Heritage

Warawee, NSW Federation Heritage

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“There (are) significant and extraordinary architectural gems in Wahroonga and Warrawee.”

– The woman we can trust to safeguard our gems: Zeny Edwards

11 Pibrac Ave, Warrawee

“Warrawee is a repository of domestic architecture at its best, with many significant heritage-listed buildings.

  • Houses known by their names rather than addresses, such as Pibrac, Upton Grey, Cheddington, Maiala, Audley, Bangalla and Rowerdennan, were designed by notable Australian architects.

The early houses were often large and imposing, sited within generous grounds incorporating large trees and formal garden layouts. Most houses were two storeys and, between the 1920s and 1940s, brick and stone were the most common building materials.

  • Roofs were tiled, although some of the earlier examples used slate. No single style typified the character of the area, ranging from stately and grander styles on one end of the scale to the distinctive, individualistic styles of more modest architects on the other.
  • These styles included: shingle style, Georgian, Federation, stockbroker Tudor, Romanesque, Mediterranean, Queen Anne, post-modern, Hollywood dream style, arts and crafts, California bungalow, stripped classical and variations or combinations of these.”

– from www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/warrawee

Heritage listed items

– summarised from the Ku-ring-gai Urban Conservation Area Study, Godden Mackay Logan, 2002 and from the history section of Zeny Edwards’ book The Architectural Gems of Warrawee.

“The area contains a large number of architect-designed heritage listed items built from the late 19th century, many of these designed by the most prominent architects of their period, including:

  • Rathven, 29 Bangalla Street, 1935, architect Eleanor Cullis-Hill800px-HastingsRoad.JPG
  • 33A Bangalla Street, 1937, architects Waterhouse & Lake (formerly known as 35)
  • Audley, 37 Bangalla Street, 1935 architect F. Glynn Gilling for Preston L. Gowing of Gowings department stores
  • Cobbins, 30 Bangalla Street, architect B.J. Waterhouse
  • **Pibrac**, 11 Pibrac Avenue, 1889, architect John Horbury Hunt, designed for Frederick Eccleston du Faur, public servant, surveyor and draftsman, director of a pastoralists agency with Francis Gerard, also a patron of exploration, science and the arts
  • Roseburn (aka Virginia Lodge), 23 Pibrac Avenue, 1900, architect Howard Joseland, designed for George Gillespie of Gillespie Bros proprietors of Anchor flour mills
  • Kooyong (originally Upton Gray), 55 Hastings Road, 1894, architect John Sulman, designed for John Gillespie of Gillespie Bros., proprietors of Anchor flour mills
  • Wirepe, 69 Hastings Road, 1893, designed by architect Maurice B. Halligan for Walter Windeyer Traill, also an architect.
  • Springwood, 34 Hastings Road, 1919, designed by architects Wilson Neave & Berry for cricketer T.W. Garrett.
  • Cheddington, 52 Hastings Road, c. 1890, architect John Horbury Hunt, built for Francis Gerard, business partner in a pastoralist’s agency with Frederick Eccleston du Faur (1st owner of Pibrac), and auctioneer and friend of J.C. Remington (2nd owner of Pibrac)”

from – http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/resources/documents/3.9_HCA23_Warrawee.pdf

Heritage Haven

Sydney Morning Herald Saturday June 2, 2007
Margie Blok

  • The upper North Shore suburb of Warrawee is small but it has an impressive array of houses designed by prominent architects including John Horbury Hunt, Leslie Wilkinson, John Sulman, B.J. Waterhouse, Hugh Venables Vernon, Augustus Aley and Glenn Murcutt.800px-PibracAvenue.JPG
  • On large blocks with fine gardens, most of the architecturally outstanding houses were built between the 1920s and 1940s on the suburb’s exclusive east side, in a precinct known as the Warrawee Conservation Area, which is designated by the National Trust and Ku-ring-gai Council. One of the few purely residential suburbs in Sydney, quiet and conservative Warrawee has no shopping centre nor even a corner shop.
  • The suburb takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning “stop here” and its residents seem to have taken this to heart for they tend to live in the same home for decades. Therefore the architectural gems rarely hit the market. However, two significant period houses, Pibrac and Yosefa, are now for sale (see above and next page).
  • Buyer confidence has returned to the upper North Shore, agents say. “The market is strong in all price brackets, but particularly for properties priced between $2 million and $4 million,” says LJ Hooker Pymble principal, David Johnson.
  • Australian Property Monitors data indicate 43 Warrawee houses (31 by private treaty negotiation, 12 at auction) sold during the past year, the median price was $1,172,000, the auction clearance rate was 55 per cent and the highest price was $3.8 million for a two-storey residence on 2599 sq m in Chilton Parade.

People move there because …

  • Warrawee’s east side has beautiful homes on big blocks with tennis courts, pools and gardens. The west side has smaller and more affordable houses.
  • Price range – Houses from about $700,000 to $10 million.

Best addresses are Warrawee and Pibrac avenues; Chilton Parade; Hastings Road; Bangalla and Cherry streets.

  • 11 PIBRAC AVENUE WARRAWEE $7 million+
    House 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car spaces, tennis court, swimming pool
    Built 1888; renovated 1999-2004 Land 4500 sq m
  • 17A PIBRAC WARRAWEE Sold – $6,700,000 on 30/04/2011


Pibrac in Pibrac Avenue

Pibrac, 11 Pibrac Avenue, 1889, architect John Horbury Hunt,


Home in Hastings Road

Home with Arts and Crafts influences, Pibrac Avenue


Home with Arts and Crafts influences, Pibrac Avenue

Home with Arts and Crafts influences, Pibrac Avenue


‘Braemar’ – 6 Pibrac Avenue Warrawee

Architectural gem in discreet desirable location

‘Braemar’ – 6 Pibrac Avenue Warrawee

‘Pibrac’ a discreet Avenue off famous Hastings Road is the premier address with unmatched discretion & privacy the envy of the rest
of Sydney. The district views highlight this tranquil position of privilege surrounded by a streetscape of refined ambience.

‘Braemar’ – 6 Pibrac Avenue Warrawee


  • Seize a rare opportunity to polish this gem. The canvass already includes a residence of warm, natural coloured brick with mix of herringbone and chequerboard pattern with stone trim and foundations.
  • The dominant gables and Marseilles tiled roof with tall chimneys compliment other decorative elements: oriels, cross & leaded casement windows glazed with original glass and a heraldic main entry door within a dramatic, inviting portico.
  • The huge formal sitting room with stone fireplace will provide many evenings of memorable entertaining. Easy flow to the separate dining room and casual living areas with cosy lounge, sunroom, study and meals/family rooms and ample terraces.
  • Stained timber highlights continue into half timber trimmings and a bold staircase which leads to four bedrooms. The master suite with dressing room & ensuite opens to a private verandah. With a new exclusive kitchen by ‘Scullery & Holz’.


‘Roseburn’ circa 1901

Roseburn 23 Pibrac Avenue, Warrawee


  • This grand full brick family residence, designed by renowned Federation architect H. Joseland, offers complete privacy with soaring entry foyer, grand entertaining areas including
  • formal lounge and dining rooms with marble fireplaces and impressive 12 foot ceilings,
  • high French doors opening to a deep covered terrace and rolling lawns,
  • spacious family room adjacent to gourmet kitchen with scullery,
  • huge billiards/games room complete with fully appointed wet bar,
  • heated swimming pool & spa with cabana including stone tops, fridges and town gas bbq,
  • North to South all weather tennis court and gorgeous manicured gardens.
Roseburn’ circa 1901


  • Accommodation includes up to 6 generous bedrooms, master with light filled ensuite and North facing Juliet balcony, study with French doors out to a terrace and gardens.
  • Additionally a sauna, steam room, temperate wine cellar (approx 1,500 bottles), large auto door double garage, spacious carport for three vehicles plus room for several more on the grounds, large gym/workshop fully fitted with bench and ample storage cabinets.


  • Pibrac Avenue is one of the North Shore’s finest and most tightly held streets,
  • No.23 has been held for over 20 years by the current owners, this is an extremely rare opportunity to secure a North to Rear’ facing blue ribbon residence,
  • only moments to Warrawee Station, Knox Junior and Senior campuses, Abbotsleigh and other acclaimed schools.




A2 Heydon Avenue, WARRAWEE, 2074

A2 Heydon Avenue, WARRAWEE, 2074

This circa 1917 full brick character home is truly a rare find within a few minutes walk to Warrawee station and providing a unique opportunity for a savvy investor, developer or a family with a keen eye for value.


  • 5 spacious bedrooms; 3 bathrooms plus powder room and outside (gardener’s) toilet.
  • Ducted 5 zone reverse cycle air conditioning upstairs – installed late 2010
  • Cosy formal lounge room with marble fireplace
  • Separate banquet sized dining room
  • Modern kitchen; adjoining breakfast room. Miele dishwasher, St George double oven
  • Spacious sunlit living areas upstairs and downstairs great for entertaining
  • Security doors and windows downstairs. Broadband, cable and numerous TV outlets
  • 2 store rooms plus floored roof space with light and attic (pull down) ladder
  • Large saltwater swimming pool, rebuilt in 1994. Full size tennis court with lights
  • -Character features include marble fireplaces, parquetry floors and high ceilings
  • Rear sandstone courtyard, pergola and timber deck
  • Spacious double and single automatic garages
  • Over 2,300 square metres of well drained land enjoying northerly rear aspect.
  • Lot dimensions – Lot 1 – 935sqm; Lot 2 (house Lot) – 1,385sqm
  • For Sale $1,990,000




Six of the best : architects of Ku-ring-gai

by Zeny Edwards
  • Chairman at UN Women Sydney Chapter
  • Committee member at SPUN Architects Network Upper North District
  • Trustee at Women’s Plans Foundation

{Sydney?} : Z. Edwards 1998. vi, 141 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Aley, Augustus, – 1883-1968. | Sulman, John, – Sir, – 1849-1934. | McCredie, Leith C., – 1887-1968. | Vernon, Walter Liberty, – 1846-1914. | Joseland, Howard, – 1860-1930. | Vernon, Hugh Venables, – 1877-1935. | Architecture – New South Wales – Ku-ring-gai. | Historic buildings – New South Wales – Ku-ring-gai. | Architects – New South Wales – Ku-ring-gai – Biography.

Available From
32A Warrangi Street, Turramurra NSW 2074

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The Architectural Gems of Warrawee by Zeny Edwards.
An examination of the architecture of the magnificent homes of Warrawee and the Knox Garden day a tradition in Ku-ring-gai. Incorporating the history of Knox Garden Day. It is also a supplement to Zeny Edwards earlier book Six of the Best Architects of Ku-ring-gai.
(Available at the National Trust ‘Shop’ www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au)

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book cover

Federation Forefathers of Ku-ring-gai 1901-1903, by Jo Harris.
For serious researchers of the area which later became Ku-ring-gai.

Focus on Ku-ring-gai

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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society. Of interest to the serious historian, as well as those Ku-ring-gai residents of all ages who would like to know a little more about the district.

Available from
**Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc** incorporating the Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre
Please call 9499 4568 or download, print and post our book order form to order any of the above three items:


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