WINDY DROPDOWN (FARLEY HOUSE)
design by: Sydney Ancher
date of commission 1946
date of completion 1948
address 1 Molong Street, North Curl Curl
Statement of Significance: 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
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.