'Remnant' of history sold

Under the hammer: Bruce Schell from Schell Stevens Commercial at the historic Del Rosa site. Picture: Jeff De Pasquale
Under the hammer: Bruce Schell from Schell Stevens Commercial at the historic Del Rosa site. Picture: Jeff De Pasquale

A PROPERTY regarded as one of Liverpool's most historic recently went under the hammer.

Located at 7 Speed Street, Del Rosa was sold at auction by Schell Stevens Commercial for $745,000.

A NSW Environment and Heritage Statement of Heritage Impact described it as showing: "A particular Spanish Manor-style that is now rare within the Liverpool area.

"Del Rosa is associated with a prominent local doctor, Dr James Pirie."

The single-storey, free-standing cement rendered brick residence features lightly textured external stucco finish to walls and gables with rounded-tile verge capping.

It has three arched openings, Marseilles patterned terracotta roof tiles and wrought iron balustrading and gates. Director of Schell Stevens Commercial, Bruce Schell, has worked in Liverpool for 35 years.

He said the Del Rosa house resembled a design and history that was quite rare.

"Possibly only a few examples of this type of residence existed and remain," he said.

"The style, size, location, construction and land area make it rare. It is a remnant of the history of Liverpool."

Judy Pack from the Liverpool Historical Society said Dr James Pirie was well respected.

"He lived at 17 Speed Street," she said. "He was a charitable man who visited patients in their homes, often treating many without fee, especially during the 1930s depression.

"He was the most popular doctor in Liverpool. He was so well liked that the council cancelled their meeting in reverence to him."

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