Category Archives: Heritage

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Heritage: striking a balance

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (23 October, 2006), a house in Lurline Bay, Sydney, designed by Harry Seidler in 1963, is under threat of demolition. The listing agent says that the new owner will probably demolish the house, since it’s a modest place … Read More

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Northbourne Housing Group

The Northbourne Housing Group was designed by Ancher, Mortlock and Murray for the National Capital Development Commission (NCDC) in 1959, with construction completed in 1962. The group was the first high (though now it would be regarded as medium) density public housing scheme commissioned by … Read More

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10 Gawler Crescent, Deakin

The Round House, at 10 Gawler Crescent, Deakin was designed by Alex Jelinek for Professor and Mrs Bruce Benjamin in 1956 and completed in 1957. Jelinek was a Czechoslovakian educated architect who migrated to Australia in 1950 to work on the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity … Read More

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11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest

The Manning Clark House, at 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest was designed by Robin Boyd in 1952 for Professor and Mrs Manning Clark. The house is typical of the post-war Melbourne regional style and Boyd’s Peninsula House Design, with its low pitched gable roof, widely projecting … Read More

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Forrest Fire Station and residences

The Forrest Fire Station precinct, which includes the Fire Station and seven residences, is located in Forrest at Section 35, Canberra Avenue, Manuka Circle, Fitzroy Street and Empire Circuit. The seven residences are made up of a two storey house at each of the four … Read More

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The Robin Boyd Foundation

Robin Boyd CBE (1919-1971) was a renowned Australian architect, author, critic, and public educator in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a leader of the Modern Movement in Australia, a visionary in urban design and an outspoken commentator on the Australian Identity. Boyd was not … Read More

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The Eric Milton Nicholls Collection and other resources

The National Library of Australia recently announced a major new acquisition—the Eric Milton Nicholls Collection. It comprises over 2500 photographs, maps, plans, presentation drawings, and manuscript items by Walter and Marion Mahoney Griffin (including a profile on gold silk of the proposed city of Canberra). … Read More