Preserving our state's built heritage

Two significant mid-century homes designed by two of Australia’s most influential architects have been added to the State Heritage Register, NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said today.

View from the bedroom level, looking down to the entry and sitting area, 2015

The Glass House in Castlecrag, designed in 1957 by Bill Lucas and his wife, fellow architect Ruth Lucas, and Thurlow House in Blakehurst, designed in 1952 by Harry Seidler AM OBE, will now be preserved and protected under the Heritage Act 1977.

“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,” Mr Speakman said.

“It includes elements such as cantilevered forms and open plan living spaces which later became trademarks of Seidler’s architectural style.

It is the fourth Harry Seidler designed house on the State Heritage Register, joining Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga, the Harry and Penelope Seidler House in Killara and The Igloo House in Mosman.

The Glass House in Castlecrag was recognised for its innovative construction and inspiring design, Mr Speakman said.

“Australian architects of the 1950’s 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 – this house is a remarkable example of this movement.”

Other additions in the past fortnight to the State Heritage Register are:

  • Old Wentworth Gaol, Wentworth
  • Goldfinders Inn Group, Kurrajong
  • The Greatest Wonder of the World and American Tobacco Warehouse and Fancy Goods Emporium, Gulgong
  • Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock, Valley Heights.
  • Waverley Cemetery