Site Overview

site name:
Windy Dropdown (Farley House)
Sydney Ancher
date of commission:
date of completion:
1 Molong Street, North Curl Curl, NSW


An important early post-war international dwelling, designed by prominent architect Sydney Ancher. Historically important due to it’s association with a landmark case over the use of a flat roof. Although altered it remains representative of the style. First constructed as a single-storey dwelling around 1948 with a second floor added in 1975. Originally designed by Sydney Ancher and later Brian Jessop. Builders were Farley & Lewers.
Listing: Local Environmental Plan, 9/12/2011, Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011, I108; Local Environmental Plan, 5/12/2000, 45433. NSW Heritage Record (House formerly known as Windy Dropdown)

The earliest notable Australian examples of built-in Post-War International Style date from the late 1940s including, ‘Windy Dropdown’ (Farley House), North Curl Curl, 1946-48 (the first house in NSW to not require a parapet to hide the flat roof). Source: RAIA, Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture, R050, p. 7

Archival Resources:

Proposed house Nth Curl Curl for W. M. Farley Esq. / Sydney Ancher, architect
(Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder)

One blueprint sheet of architectural drawings by architect Sydney Ancher for a house, later known as “Windy Dropdown”, to be built at North Curl Curl. The sheet contains the floor plan, four elevations, one section and a site plan. On the reverse of the sheet are calculations and sketches for the construction of the house, written in pencil.