Posts Tagged: Post-War Period

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An Ode to Suburbia

The original house, a charming modest 1950s bungalow, is not unlike a number of brick suburban houses located in Sydney. It is important that we recognise how effectively these houses can be updated to avoid the tendency to demolish. Furthermore, the reuse of the existing built form, and recycling of existing building materials is the […]


Artist Robyn Sweaney

MHM loves Robyn Sweany’s ‘portraits’ of actual, suburban Australian houses     Robyn Sweaney is an artist based in Mullumbimby, on the far North Coast of NSW. Since 1992 she has held 9 solo exhibitions and been involved in over 90 selected group exhibitions. The subject matter for Sweaney’s artwork is generally sourced from her […]


Cherishing a 60s Roundhouse

This distinctive private residence in the eastern suburbs of Sydney was extensively remodelled in a manner sympathetic to its mid-century style.  The house was originally built in the 1960s by architect Frank Fox, the founder of Old Sydney Town.     The architect, Tzannes Associates had renovated Fox’s original design 20 years earlier.  The new […]


Chelsea Park, Burradoo, NSW, Australia

Chelsea Park, located in Burradoo, is one of only two Art Deco mansions in the Southern Highlands of NSW Highlands. It currently operates as a bed and breakfast.     The house was designed by Ethel Noreen Garry and Built by a Sydney builder for 5000 pounds. The house was not finished until 1946 due to rationing of […]


Boutique Homes: Modern Vacation Rentals, International

Boutique Homes is a vacation home rental agency specialising in architectural gems around the globe. Included in their rental portfolio are magnificent examples of modern, urban, historical and mid-century modern homes on every continent, many by renowned architects. You can choose from a 15th century monastery in Corsica or a 1950s Palm Springs Mid-century modern […]


De Russie Suites Mudgee and Orange, NSW , Australia

In 2007, Mark and Lisa Madigan opened de Russie Suites, an apartment suite hotel, in the NSW rural town of Orange.  The hotel has been described as a ‘unique combination of Tuscany and Rome’. They were inspired by the quality of various lodgings they had stayed at in their trip throughout Europe. In January 2012 […]


Seidler House, NSW, Australia

Ok perhaps this house is more contemporary than ‘old’ but it is still part of our built heritage.  Seidler House is an architectural icon and well worth a visit.                                                   Seidler […]


Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

The pavilion style Glass House is set within a 49 acre estate in suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, and is an easy day trip from New York City.  The Glass House, built by Philip Johnson in 1949, was an important and influential project for both the architect  and for the modern architecture movement in the United […]


A Chocolate Factory Re-invented as an Industrial-Style Modern Family Home

The architect, Stephen Jolsen, has turned this 1950s building into a strikingly modern family home.   The former Chocolate factory, still  bearing the Sunrise Confectioners sign, was in a dilapidated state when he purchased the property in 2006.  Jolson recognised the fact that it is rare to find warehouses from this area interact and saw a […]


A Capacity To Remind

This house, situated on the edge of a steep escarpment overlooking Sugarloaf Bay at Middle Harbour, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, is considered to be one of Neeson Murcutt Architects’ finest works. It is the last house that Murcutt saw completed before his death.  Its location is impressive, on the side of a ridge of the Castlecrag Peninsula.  The site […]