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Category: Streamline Moderne

Sutherland Crescent streamline staged for auction

Sutherland Crescent, Darling Point

After spending more than two years on the market with an initial list price of $10 million, No. 9 Sutherland Crescent has had mini-makeoever and some staging to boost its appeal prior to an auction scheduled for April 9. *Update: The house did not sell at auction and is back on the market. Read the rest of this entry »


Once upon a time

Apartment 1, Once Upon A Time

The top floor apartment in the 3-storey ‘Once Upon A Time’ unit block in Kurraba Point is on the market.

This building was designed by architect John Brogan and completed in 1935. It was originally the home of art collector W.A. Crowle and was part of the Wyldefel Gardens apartments on the opposite side of the harbor. In the 1940s, land reclamation by the Government meant that the house had to be demolished or removed, so in 1941 Crowle had the house moved piece by piece via a barge from Potts Point to its current location. He then commuted to the city in a launch housed in the boatshed on the ground floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Wrecking ball to swing on Cabana Apartments in Kirribilli (or will it?)

Built in 1947, the Cabana Apartments were (possibly mistakenly) designated as a heritage item of regional significance under the North Sydney Local Environment Plan. Described as a relatively rare design of an Inter-War Functionalist style building, the white stucco and moderne P&O theme was denounced as having ‘no distinctive features’ and downgraded last year when the owner argued that the building was not significant. [Note: although not technically an inter-war building, this style of architecture continued in Sydney until the late 1940s due to a shortage of materials.]

The 8 flats were gradually bought up by Sandoval Investments, who had paid approximately $450,000 per apartment in 2001 and 2002. The last apartment sold in 2006 for $1.1 million. Sandoval submitted a development application in 2006 to demolish the building and replace it with a luxury low-rise apartment building, but the application was refused on the grounds that the current building was of historical significance, and that the proposed design was not sympathetic to the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Wyldefel Gardens streamline moderne apartment

Apartment 18, Wyldefel Gardens

*Update: The apartment sold for $1,050,000.

Wyldefel Gardens is a streamline moderne art deco complex that cascades down its sloping block in Potts Point.

The complex was built in 1936 by prominent art collector W.A. Crowle and his architect John Brogan.

Crowle had lived in the grand mansion ‘Wyldefel House’ which stood at the top of the block. It was built in 1887 by Walter Hall, and sold to Mr. Crowle in 1923. Wyldefel House was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with what Mrs. Crowle described as an ‘ugly block of units’. Read the rest of this entry »

Sutherland Crescent Streamline

9 Sutherland Crescent, Darling Point

This Streamline Modern house dating from the 1930s is a prefect match for its waterfront location. Overlooking Darling Bay, the art deco home retains many original features such as the balcony railings, curved glass windows, bathrooms, terrazzo finishes and solid timber joinery.

It has been listed with Pillinger’s for over 19 months with a $10 million asking price (now ‘contact agent’). The house last traded for $2,500,000 in 1992. ¬†An auction was scheduled in April, but it did not sell and remains on the market.

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