F. Glynn Gilling (1877-1955)

27 January 2016 .

English born F. Glynn Gilling arrived in Sydney in 1919. Gilling is regarded as one of the most prolific architects of luxury housing in the interwar years. He was a leading practitioner of the Mediterranean Style, although his practice with Howard Joseland, Joseland and Gilling, employed many styles that were popular in the period, including Tudor and Regency Revival.


Gilling-designed houses were built throughout the Eastern Suburbs and the Upper North Shore of Sydney, and to a lesser extent the Northern Beaches and Southern Highlands. Gilling also designed the Cahors the apartment building on Macleay St, Potts Point in 1940.


Hallmarks of Gilling Residential Design:
  • Lightly stuccoed Mediterranean style
  • Low pitched roofs clad with Spanish style terracotta tiles
  • Rectangular chimneys with simple pointed arch brick hoods
  • Use of a diagonal entrance way to attract more light into the interior
  • Spanish detailing including rope and keystone patterns, barley-twist columns
  • Multi panelled windows, often with metal security grills
  • French doors opening onto small semi circular terraces at ground level, or small Juliet style balconies at first floor level
  • Gilling sited his houses carefully in relation to the garden to maximise the aspect and climate conditions.
  • Ground floor loggias, typically facing either a view or garden setting.


gilling whithame


Whit-Hame, Warrawee
Glynn Gilling, 1939
Source: www.radicalterrace
vaucluse rd gilling


Vaucluse Rd House, Vaucluse
F. Glynn Gilling, 1920s
Source: www.smh.com.au

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