Rose Seidler House

Rose Seidler House: (33° 42′ 35″S, 151° 8′ 31″E) built by renowned architect Harry Seidler for his parents between 1948 and 1950, this is often described as one of the most uncompromising modernist houses in Australia, offering panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Open Sundays (+61 2 9989 8020) and located at 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW about 3 km from the Great North Walk.

The Great North Walk Companion extract- page 86

“I am pushing the geography just a little to claim the Seidlers, Rose and Max, as Turramurra residents,” Claire chats as we walk along. “However, Rose is so important, having given her name to a house that is now one of the gems of the Historic Houses Trust, Rose Seidler House, that even though their home is strictly in Wahroonga I think Clissold Road is near enough to North Turramurra, less than 500 metres across the valley, that I can cheat and claim it. Has anyone been there?” We all shake our heads and so she continues. “In 1948, Harry Seidler travelled from New York to Australia with the sole purpose of building a house for his parents, Rose and Max Seidler, who continued to live in this home up to 1967. This very influential house was awarded the Sulman Medal in 1951, stimulating social and intellectual commentary. It’s well worth a visit if only to remind ourselves how much has changed in a little over 50 years. The house has thankfully been restored fully to its 1950s’ glory and so illustrates how very new, at least to Australia, are such notions as open planning, minimalist décor and colour, and the plethora of appliances called ‘labour saving devices’ or even ‘mod cons’.”

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