F. Glynn Gilling (1877-1955)
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.