Iconic Australian Houses Focus Tours

Iconic Australian Houses Focus Tours

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to see inside some examples of iconic Australian houses that are rarely open to the public.

Meet the owners and architects whose visions shaped these houses and discover how living in these homes has enriched their lives.

Among those opening their doors are building specialist Karen McCartney, owner of Bruce Rickard’s Marshall House (1967), and Annalisa Capurro, design educator and owner of the Jack House, which won the Sulman Award in 1957.

Also open for tour are Rippon House (1969), Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House by Ken Woolley (1965) and Sydney Living Museums' Rose Seidler House (1948).

The tours explore the significance of these homes and how they have influenced Australian contemporary design.
 

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Bookings have now closed for these tours. For our ticket holders, should you have any questions on the day of the tours please contact our site supervisor on 8239 2306.

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Individual Tours

General $30
Concession/Member $25

Series

For 3 or more tours
General $25 per tour
Concession/Member $20

Saturday 10 May

Image of timber chair and cupboards inside Marchall House Past Event

On this tour join author and guest curator Karen McCartney as she shares her experience of living in the Marshall House, her family home since 2000.

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Yellow chair on timber verandah Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

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Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Past Event

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

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View of the gardens and house Past Event

The Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House was designed in 1965, when Sydney began to move towards medium-density living, as a compact house for a small site, or to be arranged with others in clusters, as a group of townhouses. It was designed in an ‘L’ shape around a courtyard, and either wing of the home could be extended, or the courtyard made into a terrace.

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Image of timber chair and cupboards inside Marchall House Past Event

On this tour join author and guest curator Karen McCartney as she shares her experience of living in the Marshall House, her family home since 2000.

More
Yellow chair on timber verandah Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

More
Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Past Event

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

More
View of the gardens and house Past Event

The Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House was designed in 1965, when Sydney began to move towards medium-density living, as a compact house for a small site, or to be arranged with others in clusters, as a group of townhouses. It was designed in an ‘L’ shape around a courtyard, and either wing of the home could be extended, or the courtyard made into a terrace.

More
Image of timber chair and cupboards inside Marchall House Past Event

On this tour join author and guest curator Karen McCartney as she shares her experience of living in the Marshall House, her family home since 2000.

More
Image of the external steps and garden leading to Rippon House Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

More
Yellow chair on timber verandah Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

More
Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Past Event

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

More
View of the gardens and house Past Event

The Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House was designed in 1965, when Sydney began to move towards medium-density living, as a compact house for a small site, or to be arranged with others in clusters, as a group of townhouses. It was designed in an ‘L’ shape around a courtyard, and either wing of the home could be extended, or the courtyard made into a terrace.

More
Image of the external steps and garden leading to Rippon House Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

More
Yellow chair on timber verandah Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

More
Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Past Event

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

More
Image of the external steps and garden leading to Rippon House Past Event

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

More

Iconic Australian Houses

Exterior of Buhrich house showing distinctive curved roof
Buhrich House II, architect Hugh Buhrich. Photo © Michael Wee

Kicking off a new season of exciting exhibitions and events on April 12 will be Iconic Australian Houses, at the Museum of Sydney, exploring 29 iconic architect-designed 20th century houses from the 1950s to the 1990s, and presented in partnership with the Architecture Foundation of Australia.

Iconic House Talks

Exterior view of Rose Seidler House
Rose Seidler House. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

Hear some of Australia’s most renowned architects, academics and designers talk about Iconic Australian Houses