Rose Seidler House
Take a trip down memory lane and discover the historical significance of the Rose Seidler House – one of the most influential and stunning architectural structures in Sydney. Tours are happening in May.

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, Rose Seidler House 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

The epic looking home is tucked away in natural bushland in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga.

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.

Book A Tour in May

Enjoy a tour of Rose Seidler House with Museums of History NSW curator Michael Lech, plus a rare peek at conservation works happening at Julian Rose House with Brian Seidler AM.

The tour offers a unique opportunity for a limited number of visitors to gain rich cultural insights into two of the finest examples of mid-20th-century modern domestic architecture in Australia.


  • Saturday, 06 May 2023 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, 06 May 2023 | 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
  • Saturday, 06 May 2023 | 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

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If this story has piqued your interest then be sure to check out our blog on the magical Innisfallen Castle in Castle Cove. 

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