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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 Projects

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. We settled the furniture into the house by layering it with patterned wallpapers and fabrics. The sitting room had a dual purpose as entertaining room as well as relaxing television […]

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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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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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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

In Progress

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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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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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Contemporary Pavilion House

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Art Deco Apartment

We were so excited to arrive at the Emil Sodersten designed apartment block and walk into this intact Art Deco apartment. What a joy to have a project to resurrect an original bathroom from this exuberant period. To enhance the stunning golden-glazed original tiles we teamed it with black chevron in the shower and black […]

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Old Georgian London

This “handsome stucco fronted, pillar porch” family home has had many lives. Built in the mid 19th Century as an aspirational home for the middle class, it was divided into flats in the 20th Century and then was gutted in the 1990’s by an overzealous developer. The aim was to refresh and soften the previous […]

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In the News

‘Irreplaceable’ but ignored: the unique Sydney architectural gems under threat

31 March, 2020

The Guardian's Stephanie Convery writes about how the Victorian Romanesque style Globe Theatre constructed in 1914 and its 1923 neighbour Dudley House, located on Sydney's George Street are at risk of being demolished to extend a hotel. Both have been determined by Read More

MHM Loves

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about our most recent discoveries or go to
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