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Category: Romanesque

Beulah Flats Kirribilli

Apartments 17 and 22
Miami (former Beulah Flats), Kirribilli

Two apartments in the historic Beulah Flats building (now ‘Miami’) will go to auction next month.

Beulah Flats was built in 1908 for Helena C. White (Countess Morner and Marquise de Ruvigny) and designed by architect Roscoe J. Collins. It was one of the first high-rises on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and one of Kirribilli’s largest and earliest flats.┬áThe land was purchased from the Beulah Estate subdivision.

The five story building was built in the Federation Romanesque style. It originally had 171 rooms, a basement floor at water level with semi-circular windows, resident lounge, billiard room, dining room and private sea baths. There was also a 10,000 sqft rooftop garden. Many flats had beautiful vistas of the harbor, which were later enhanced by the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 and the Opera House in 1973. Read the rest of this entry »


2 offices in Burns Philp Building for sale

Burns Philp Building, Sydney CBD
$465,000 & $2.1 million

Burns Philp was a shipping, retailing and insurance company that grew into one of Australia’s leading corporations until its delisting in 2006. In the late 1800s,┬áJames Burn, on behalf of Burns Philp and Co., Ltd. purchased this site in Bridge Street for 20 pounds from a Mr. McDonald. The older shops and offices on the site were torn down to make way for the Burns Philp head office which was completed in 1901 at a cost of 60,000 pounds (approximately $8 million in today’s terms). It was designed by Arthur Anderson of A.L. & G. McCredie & Anderson, with later additions by John Brogan & Associates. Anderson later went on to found the Australian Institute of Architects in 1930. The architectural style is said to be Federation, Romanesque/Late Victorian, Gothic and Neo-Romanesque with Scottish Baronial gables. The stone facade is made from Pyrmont ‘Purgatory’ Sandstone. Read the rest of this entry »