Modern House Agents ask about Australia’s first true Modernist architect?

Modern House Estate Agents has asked whether is it possible to name Australia’s first true Modernist architect? It’s a contentious question, but for a bit of fun, they did a quick canvass of some of the Australian architectural community’s thought leaders, including Ian Innes, Director Heritage and Collections at Sydney Living Museums, Katelin Butler, Editor at Houses, Tim Ross, social commentator and mid-century architecture obsessive, and Colin Griffiths, architect and long-time associate of Harry Seidler, to see who they identified as the originator of Australian Modernist architecture. Modern House Estate Agents is Australia’s only estate agency specialising in the sale of Modernist, Mid-Century and contemporary architect-designed residences.

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The Davies House, Willoughby, designed by Arthur Baldwinson in 1951. Source: State Library NSW.


Featherston House, designed by Robin Boyd in 1967. Photo: © Mark Strizic.


Photographic portrait of Margaret Lord, Professor Denis Winston and Walter Bunning, 1953. Photo: Norman L. Danvers.


Night view of front, 15 Bogota Avenue, 1958. Photograph by Max Dupain. Courtesy Max Dupain and Associates. Stanton Library

Harry Seidler with model of Melller House, Castlecrag, 1950.