Wanting a change from the cottages and terraces of Sydney’s Inner West, I have been exploring a little further afield to research some of the areas architectural and design history.
A number of the City’s prominent CBD towers were designed by Harry Siedler, Australia’s Bauhaus proponent. A more intimate exposure to his work can be gained at the house he designed for his mother, Rose Siedler, located in woodland, overlooking a steep ravine in Wahroonga, 25km north of the City.
The house was built between 1948 and 1950 and the interior is almost fully original. Whilst quite small and underwhelming at first sight, the interior gives insight into his design ideas. The bespoke concealed audio equipment is executed particularly well.
Stepping back around 110 years, the fated Elizabeth Bay House was being completed for the Colonial Secretary for New South Wales, Alexander Macleay. As Macleay slipped into financial troubles shortly after moving in, this grand villa, with a large, harbour-side estate, was never fully finished. The estate was already being subdivided in 1841 and the house was later to become an artist’s squat in the 1920′s.
And finally, a charismatic house, a jumble of architectural styles and an equally charismatic owner, Vaucluse House (1805 – 1860).
The owner, William Wentworth was instrumental in the foundation of the University of Sydney (1848), voice for ex-convicts and their descendant’s and was part of the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813.
More photographs can be seen in a Flickr Set - Architecture and Interiors, Sydney.
More information of these three properties can be found at Sydney Living Museums.