The name Harry Seidler brings up a bit of controversy in Sydney. He was born in Austria in the 1920s and moved to England, Canada, the USA and finally Australia where he spent the majority of his life. He has made a pretty massive contribution to the face of Sydney and designed some impressive and innovative buildings, including my favourite; the Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga 23km outside of the Sydney CBD.
Harry Seidler designed the Rose Seidler House for his mother. When she died it was turned into a living musuem, as part of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales along with some pretty impressive and historically important buildings such as Vacluse House and Elizabeth Farm.
The building is amazing, it’s practically untouched since her death in 1991 and full of original furniture. The kitchen still has original appliances the building itself is still visually striking and original, sixty years on.
As the Historic Houses Trust website states “Bored with the monotony of suburbia? So was Harry Seidler when he arrived from America in 1948.”
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