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    Rose Seidler House to open for modernist architecture tours

    Nicholas Rider

    A day-long event covering all things Modernist architecture and design will be held at the Harry Seidler-designed and 1950-built Rose Seidler House.

    Hosted by Sydney Living Museum on 27 August, the Mad About Modernism event in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga will include both talks and tours.

    The day will comprise three sessions where guest curators and commentators will explore art, architecture, design and heritage. Among the speakers are professor Philip Goad, broadcaster and comedian Tim Ross, architect Tone Wheeler, and author and curator Karen McCarthy.

    There will also be the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the house, which challenged conventions of suburban architecture in Australia at the time of completion. For instance, rather than facing to the street, the Rose Seidler House sits in the centre of the block. Six external doors give all the rooms access to an outdoor area and views onto the bushland. The floor plan also represents a ground-breaking approach for its era, particularly with regards to the flexible dividers which allow spaces to be reconfigured.

    Additional events on the day will be bus tours of the 1967-built Harry & Penelope Seidler House, and the 1957-built Jack House. The latter was designed and built by Russell and Pamela Jack.

    More information and booking details here

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