A Modernist house designed by architect Harry Seidler in 1952, which sold for $1.75 million in February, has been added to the NSW State Heritage Register.
The two-bedroom home in Blakehurst built between 1953-54 is a “fine and rare example of an exceptionally intact early Modern Movement house”, according to the citation.
Harry Seidler & Modernism
Seidler’s clean line designs featured double height living areas, glass walls, split-level areas and mezzanine floors in his residential work while his commercial work made use of curves and concrete.
The Austrian-born architect made a name for himself designing residential properties such as the Rose Seidler House as well as larger buildings such as Australia Square and the Horizon Apartments.
The architect, who died in 2006, was one of the most prominent Modernist architects in Australia.
Thurlow house was built over sixty years ago for Marjorie and David Thurlow, who later divorced in 1970.
Marjorie lived at the house until ill health forced her into a nursing home in the years before her death in 2014.
The home was bought by a barrister earlier this year for $1.75 million.
The split-level design which suited the sloped site and the open plan living areas of this home were thought to be innovative and futuristic at the time.
“Thurlow House is important in Seidler’s extensive body of work because of its inventive split-level architectural form, its adaptation to its sloping site and its desire to maximise views to the Georges River,” NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said.
“It includes elements such as cantilevered forms and open plan living spaces which later became trademarks of Seidler’s architectural style,” he said.
Other notable features of the home include the dramatic double-height ceiling in the main lounge, the cantilever sections of the building, the internal sandstone walls, built-in music equipment and large glass walls which make the most of the views of the Georges River.
“Australian architects of the 1950s and 60s were on a quest to design homes to suit the Sydney lifestyle: informal, open to the outdoors and appreciative of the natural surroundings, which influenced our style of living today,” Speakman said.