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The Abbey and Stone Walls, 272 Johnston St, Annandale, NSW, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (21/10/1980)
Place ID 1688
Place File No 1/12/022/0047
Statement of Significance
Sited on the crest of a ridge, the Abbey is an important and well known landmark and a perfect building to terminate the Johnston Street Group as the building was designed for a corner site. As an example of Victorian revivalism it is an excellent and architecturally most important example, not only for its most accomplished design but also for its early use in Australia of reinforced concrete.

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
Official Values Not Available
Description
A complex mansion in the Gothic style incorporating an earlier residence now screened with a cloister. Building steps down the site building up in mass toward the front centering on the tower, the whole being strengthened by numerous flanking chimneys, turrets and a ballroom. Walls are of rock faced coursed ashlar with chisel draughted edges and dressed copings. The roof is patterned terra cotta tiles with copper to the tower. Reinforced concrete is used extensively including the first known cantilever.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity Not Available
Location
272 Johnston Street, corner Weynton Street, Annandale. Stone walls extend from Piper Lane intersection with Weynton Street, round corner to 258 Johnston Street.
Bibliography
KRONE, B.F.+FRASER,H.M.,MEASURED DRAWINGS,SYDNEY UNI.,1968,(IN
PLANCABINET).ANNANDALE ASSOC.SCHEDULE OF HISTORIC
BUILDINGS.,FEB.,1973NATIONAL TRUST JUNIOR GROUP INSPECTION 78 OF
6/2/71.

Report Produced  Mon Sep 22 08:59:22 2014