Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The A to Z of 2205: Esdaile Steps

This delightfully verdant set of stairs enables one to get up the ridge towards Forest Rd from the lower elevation Station Street. Towards the top of the steps is the modernist house. The steps and path link Station St and Esdaile Place.

A couple of years ago, one of Sydney's most well known architects, Harry Seidler, died. He was the architectof more than one controversial project, none more so than Blues Point Tower on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour. However, before all that, between 1958 and 1960, he built an ultra modernist house for his prents. This became a very influential house. In the 1960s, many such houses were built in suburban areas. Unlike today's huge McMansions, they were often small, fuctional, with clean lines. As far as I know, this house is the only example of the type of 1960s modernist architecture in my area. Love it, or hate it, it is an example of an era, and I suspect that this one won't survive much longer - many have already been demolished to make way for the larger houses demanded today.

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