Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Cleveland House

A heritage-listed colonial Georgian house built about 1824 by Captain Cleveland of the 73rd Regiment of the NSW Corps. It is in Bedford St, just off Chalmers St in Surry Hills. In the early 19th century Surry Hills was on the outskirts of the city and the ideal place to build a mansion. There were farms and market gardens. In the past century, Surry Hills has seens a mix of light industry and warehousing, most notably associated with textiles and clothing - 'the rag trade'. Now it is a rapidly gentrifying suburb right on the fringe of the city, with many warehouse conversions.

I'm not sure or what the house is currently used for. The land surrounding it has been developed with apartments, some sympathetic, some not. The pretty park in front contains a jacaranda tree (the blossoms have now finished and the leaves are developing), and plantings of agapanthus and plumbago.


  1. A beautiful old house. Interesting to hear about all the warehouse conversions in the area too. Sydney has changed so much since I lived there. M.B and I are coming across for Christmas with his daughter and staying in Darling Point. Can't wait!

  2. Like this Colonial House alot. It looks pretty impressive.

  3. It is quite striking and beautiful. I like the pattern of the railing.