Rose Seidler House and Julian Rose House tour
Rose Seidler House (1948–50) was the architect Harry Seidler’s first commission after his arrival in Australia in 1948. The house was built for his parents, Max and Rose, at the centre of a large bushland block on the upper slopes of the Ku-ring-gai valley. It was the first of three houses Harry designed for the site, which included the Marcus Seidler House (1951–53; now called the Donna and Brian Seidler House) and the Julian Rose House (1951, 1953–54). This form of communal housing, innovative for Sydney at the time, sought to reunite the Seidler family in postwar Australia.
Seidler was one of a number of architects exploring a new kind of architecture that looked to the future rather than to the traditions of the past. He was concerned in using new materials and technologies and creating new kinds of relationships between built forms and the landscape and in the arrangement of internal spaces. His holistic approach determined the use of form, space, materials, colour, fittings, interiors and landscaping, with the site itself integral to the design and the way of living it would enable.
Rose Seidler House was acquired in 1988 by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (now Sydney Living Museums), and opened to the public in its original furnished condition.
Access to the Julian Rose House is courtesy Donna and Brian Seidler.
- Sturdy shoes are required as the Julian Rose House is undergoing building works. Visitors will be required to take off their shoes at Rose Seidler House to protect the heritage fabric.
- Rose Seidler House & Julian Rose House are not accessible by wheelchair. While people with limited mobility can access the site, there is a set of stairs (about 15) that leads to the main floor of Rose Seidler House. There is no opportunity to sit down within the house as much of the furniture is original and fragile. The grounds and carpark are quite rough terrain.
- This tour is not suitable for young children and, due to the fragile nature of both homes, prams will not be permitted inside.
- Parking available at the top of the site; please follow directional signage.
- Photography allowed in Rose Seidler House. No photography allowed in Julian Rose House.
Docomomo Members $40
We are delighted to offer members of Docomomo our SLM member price.