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St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church, Bourke Street and St Peters Street, Darlinghurst, NSW

Location in greater metropolitan Sydney

33°52′30″S 151°13′07″E / 33.8751°S 151.2185°E / -33.8751; 151.2185Coordinates: 33°52′30″S 151°13′07″E / 33.8751°S 151.2185°E / -33.8751; 151.2185
Location Corner of Bourke Street and St Peters Street, Darlinghurst, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Country Australia
Denomination Anglican
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History
Consecrated 8 December 1822 (1822-12-08) by Rev. Samuel Marsden
Architecture
Status Former church
Functional status Inactive; now a hall for use by SCEGGS Darlinghurst
Architect(s)
  • O. H. Lewis (church)
  • Benjamin Backhouse (church hall)
Architectural type Victorian Gothic Revival
Years built 1866–67
Closed March 1993

St Peter's Church is a heritage-listed former Anglican church precinct on the corner of Bourke Street and St Peters Street, in the inner city Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 and is listed on the (now defunct) Australian Register of the National Estate.

History

The former church was built in 1866-67, with a vestry addition between 1871-83. It was designed by O. H. Lewis, son of Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis, and is his only known work. The church hall, designed by Benjamin Backhouse, was built in 1873. In 1924, the church purchased five terrace houses along Forbes Street on land they had long sought to obtain and demolished them to create an entry and forecourt area.

It was associated with a number of prominent Sydney figures, including The Sydney Morning Herald owner Charles Kemp, Assistant Commissioner-General Henry Connell, businessman Lebbeus Hordern and author Patrick White. Hordern and Kemp were honoured with stained glass windows.

Amidst declining congregations and finances, the church became a branch of St John's Anglican Church in 1986 and was closed in March 1993. It was sold to SCEGGS Darlinghurst in September 1993.

The former church is now the school's Great Hall, while the former hall was refurbished in 1998 to serve as its Playhouse. The school has used the former church for Easter and Christmas services.

Description

The former church is a two-storey sandstone building with a gabled slate roof, designed in the English Gothic Revival style. It consists of a nave with two aisles, a vestry and chancel.

The former hall is a single-storey brick building with a sandstone base. The upper hall was divided into three spaces as part of the 1998 refurbishment, while the lower hall retains its two original principal spaces.

Heritage listing

St Peter's Church and Precinct was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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