Monday, August 8, 2011
House Tour: Rose Seidler House (including the rooms you don't always see)
Last week I listened to an inspiring talk on the importance of preserving mid-century modern architecture. The talk was focused on the magnificent properties in LA, Palm Springs and Chicago and I was left craving a visit to these homes. Seeing as I wouldn't be able to get myself over to see those homes anytime soon I decided this weekend to pay a visit to Sydney's own beautiful piece of Australian mid-century architecture - the Rose Seidler House.
For anyone who may not be familiar with the Rose Seidler House it was designed by architect Harry Seidler for his mother Rose and father Max from 1948 - 50. His parents lived in the home until 1967 and it is now the property of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (HHT).
After taking our shoes off, we walked up the stairs and were greeted by volunteer Andrew who asked us to make ourselves at home. The open plan space of the living and dining has such a wonderful feel to it. From every angle there is a view and a connection with the outdoors.
Everything in this home is original including the furniture which is placed as it was when Rose and Max lived here. I wanted to also explore areas of the house that you don't always see photographed, such as the bathrooms.
We also discovered this old ironing board that folds out from the wall and which you can see has been well used.
If you are planning a visit to the Rose Seidler House there is a Fifties Fair being held on the 21 August which will be a fun time to go. Look out for me in my finest fifties frock.
Oh, and I have to ask - could you live here?