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Modern Heritage Matters (MHM) has been
established to provide up-to-date information
and advice to owners, developers, managers
and lovers of old buildings. We are a boutique
heritage consulting firm, a cost-effective
alternative providing heritage impact statements,
conservation management plans, house histories,
renovation records, design advice and more...
Find out more about our fresh and modern
approach to everything heritage.
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MHM's Recent Design Projects

Victorian Boom Style

This locally listed, mid-Victorian Italianate mansion had been built on a grand scale to showcase its timber merchant owner’s success. Broken into flats in the early 20th Century, it never really recovered until the current family made it their labour of love. The job has been done in stages over several years. Our involvement included […]

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Inner City Warehouse

The setting for this makeover was a development that had repurposed and melded two heritage listed buildings, a Victorian warehouse and the Bauhaus style Demco Machinery Co Ltd factory built in 1937, into apartments. The clients asked for increased functionality and a bit more of a grown-up vibe. We balanced the dual requests for an […]

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Early Federation Garden Apartment

Our client couple required a reworking of their collection of Asian and European furniture and a considerable art collection in a Federation garden maisonette setting. Once we had arranged repairs to the lead light window and tessellated flooring, we focus on settling the furniture into the house by layering it with patterned wallpapers and fabrics. […]

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An Altered Federation Dwelling

This Federation house lies in a beautiful Heritage conservation area. The house had been renovated in the 90s and its contemporary overlay was tired and no longer felt contemporary! The brief was to create its now lost Federation street frontage, incorporating the second storey addition. To this end, we replaced the large glass doors on […]

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A Renovated Classic 1960s Brick Dwelling

The client was updating an intact circa late 1960s house designed by architect Russel Jack.  The family required it to come up to 21st century standards of living but they wished to retain some of its former character. The family had engaged a prominent Sydney architect for the redesign and we were approached in an […]

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Victorian Cottage

A lovely Victorian cottage needed some readjustments in record time to house its new owners. This involved updating the lighting, creating two bathrooms to sit lightly in the weatherboard room division and some clever joinery to house radiators in kitchen benches, pop up televisions and wardrobes out of view. A fast job made fun with […]

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State Listed Maisonette Flat in The Rocks

This State Heritage listed maisonette forms part of an important example of Federation purpose built public housing. Built by the State as model housing for workers, it is considered a benchmark in the development of public housing and residential flat development in Australia. We were brought in to provide all aspects of heritage consulting and […]

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Making A House A Home

This was a job requiring the softening of the interiors of a contemporary development into a much more personal home. A humourless entrance foyer was made sophisticated with a stunning wall mural enclosing, with its curved walls, a Moroccan table. The master bedroom was given its colour palette from a Persian silk rug that now […]

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In the News

‘Between a rock and a hard place’: calls to save nationally significant Sydney building

02 August, 2020

The issue with preserving our modernist architecture is tied up in the dichotomy between longevity and innovation.  Can our accepted conservation rules be applied to these buildings particularity with respect to material conservation? Can authentic fabric be conserved without compromising Read More

MHM Loves

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about our most recent discoveries or go to
our MHM Loves page.