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    Early Seidler house added to heritage registrar

    Nicholas Rider

    One of Harry Seidler’s earliest house designs has been added to the NSW State Heritage Registrar.

    Located in Blakehurst, Sydney, the 1954-built Thurlow House received the heritage listing from the Office of Environment & Heritage who acted on a recommendation from the Heritage Council of NSW made back in May, 2016.

    “Thurlow House is of state heritage significance because it is a fine and rare example of an exceptionally intact early Modern Movement house, designed by influential and internationally significant architect Harry Seidler,” reads a statement of significance, published on the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage website.

    “It is representative of the early houses of Harry Seidler and demonstrates his design philosophy, methodology, exploitation of structure and use of building materials.”

    0002aeead37fe4157c0b3f32ec1553f5.jpgPhotography by Max Dupain

    The house was commissioned by couple, Marjorie and David Thurlow in 1951 and overlooks the Georges River to the south.

    Modern-House_9-Stuart-Crescent_Blakehurst_THURLOW-HOUSE_3000x2000_Int-05-1.jpgPhotography by Michael Nicholson

    Majorie Thurlow remained in Thurlow House until 2011. After her passing in 2014, the house was listed for sale by her family on Gumtree. They called for expressions of interest from “serious design heads, architecture nuts and modernism fans with serious money.”

    An Interim Heritage Order was gazetted in 2015 before the house was sold in March 2016. In May 2016, the Heritage Council of New South Wales recommended Thurlow House for state heritage listing. 

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