Rose Seidler House

Take a trip down memory lane as we unravel the historical significance of the Rose Seidler House – one of the most influential and stunning architectural structures in Sydney.

It was the year 1950 and Sydney was buzzing with energy and excitement. Why? The construction on a much-awaited house, which began in 1948, was about to be completed. It had been on the cusp of a major breakthrough in architectural design when the work was first commissioned and two years later, it became ‘the most talked-about house in Sydney’.

View of the front exterior of Rose Seidler House, showing side access ramp and carport. Image: Nicholas Watt/Sydney Living Museums

History of the Rose Seidler House

In the leafy, upper north shore suburb of Wahroonga, about 25 kilometres north of Sydney’s city centre, lies the epic looking Rose Seidler House, tucked away in natural bushland.

The talent behind the radical modernist approach that gave birth to this masterpiece was renowned architect Harry Seidler. He took on the project at the request of his parents Rose and Max Seidler. The house was aptly named after Harry’s mother because she oversaw its commission and made key decisions regarding the construction work.

What made this particular house stand out? It was Harry’s use of free-standing planes that created intrigue about discovering what lay beyond. As Sydney Point explains, “Design lovers will appreciate the use of open plan design, a minimalist colour scheme and a host of devices used to save labour that was, at the time, entirely new for Australia.”

To this day, it remains a prime example of mid-20th-century modern domestic architecture in the country. It’s why the house is now part of Sydney Living Museums and is owned by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

How to plan your visit

The Rose Seidler House, which offers panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, can be visited on Sundays between 10am and 4pm. To avoid disappointment, you can pre-book your tickets through the Sydney Living Museums website. Tip: Due to the fragility of the interior, you will be asked to remove your shoes when entering the house so don’t forget to wear your socks.

Adult | $15 
Concession | $12 
Family | $38 
Members | Free of charge
Children under 5 years| Free of charge

Contact details
Address: 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Phone: 0299898020
Instagram: @sydlivmus

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