NSW State Heritage Register listing of Guilford Bell’s 1966 house for Russell Drysdale, Bouddi Farm


On Thursday 28th March Docomomo attended the official celebration of the listing of Guilford Bell’s 1965 house for Russell Drysdale, Bouddi Farm on the NSW State Heritage Register. It was held at the private residence that is part of Bouddi Farm and promoted the positive heritage outcome initiated by an enthusiastic landowner with broad community support.

Located in Killcare Heights, Bouddi Farm is a modernist residence and artist’s studio set within a 3.5- hectare garden with spectacular views to Bouddi National Park. Designed by noted architect, Guilford Bell, as the creative retreat of celebrated artist Sir Robert Drysdale, the place is culturally significant for its role in the history of arts and culture in NSW. It reflects a uniquely Australian contribution to the modernist architectural style which developed across the world in the 20th century. The 1966 design responded to the local climate by using thermal mass, cross ventilation and northerly aspect in an innovative way.

Docomomo Australia supported the listing, an example of the important role we play in advocating for the protection of Australia’s modernist heritage. We applaud Heritage NSW for their championing the protection of this exceptional property.