The Jack House

Stepping inside the Jack House is like stepping onto the set of Mad Men. This is mid-century modernism at its best, right down to the groovy wallpaper and timber wall panelling. Sited on a sloping bush block, the three-bedroomed house was built in 1957, on a tight budget, by architect Russell Jack and his wife, Pamela Jack, also an architect, as a home in which to raise their family. In the same year it was awarded the Sulman Medal for Architecture by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and in 2013 it was listed on the State Heritage Register.

Russell Jack lived in the house until 2009 when he decided it was time to move on. He interviewed prospective buyers to ensure the house went to somebody who understood and appreciated its architectural significance. Thankfully he found Annalisa Capurro, who is passionate about the preservation of mid-20th-century architecture. She has maintained the original kitchen and bathroom, and has decorated the home with authentic furniture and designer lighting of the era.

Date built: 1957; architects: Russell Jack, founding partner of Allen Jack + Cottier, and Pamela Jack, who also assisted with the 1960s extension.

Please note: photographs may be taken only of the building exteriors during house tours.

The Jack House, Wahroonga, NSW

Entrance lobby Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Photograph (c) Brenton McGeachie, Sydney Living Museums