Carinthia, Potts Point

by AF

Apartment 25, Carinthia

Carinthia is a block of flats built in 1925 – 1926 in Sydney’s Potts Point. The building was designed in the Inter-war Free Classical style by architect Walter Leslie Nielsen. Not much is known about Mr. Nielsen, although he did design the highly similar Carisbrooke (two doors down at No. 11) as well as Franconia in Macleay Street.

The 11 storey building originally had 40 flats. The interiors in the common areas, including the lobby and corridors remain highly original and feature timber panelling and herringbone parquet flooring. There are also two original lifts with timber panelling, brass button panels and steel gates.

Plans for Carinthia – State Library of NSW.

This area was once the Springfield Estate. When the land was subdivided, Springfield Avenue was created and named after the original Springfield Villa, which was later demolished.

It appears that Carinthia, along with Carisbrooke, were both built as investment properties and flats were not originally intended for individual purchase. In 1927, when the building was still very new, it was sold for 75,000 pounds (about $5.3 million in today’s terms).

In 1997 the building underwent a fire upgrade, which included removing the original fanlight windows above the apartment doors and replacing them with full-height fireproof doors.

Springfield Avenue has several heritage apartments and flats including Carisbrooke (c1927), The Vanderbilt (c1925) and Mardon Hall (c1925).

Apartment 25

Apartment 25 on level 3 was sold in December 2012 for $800,000. It has been renovated, and now has a somewhat out-of-place modern kitchen that doesn’t quite fit with the style of the apartment.


7 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point, Sydney

Listing information and images via

NSW Government Environment and Heritage