prevost house

Site Overview

site name:
Prevost House
architects:
Prevost & Ancher
date of completion:
1937
address:
65 Kambala Road Bellevue Hill NSW
typology:
Residential / Houses (RES)
protection status:
Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive), Historic, Registered (14/05/1991)
Submitted by:
Scott Robertson, Louise Cox, et. al. in 2014, docomomo Australia


Description

Statement of Significance: A house of considerable architectural significance as one of the finest Functionalist style houses in Australia. An early work of the prominent architect Sydney Ancher, which is a sophisticated interpretation of nautical and other overseas influences. The flat roof, which is symbolic of the modern movement, is one of the earliest in Australia. The house marks a turning point in the history of twentieth-century architecture in Australia.

Description: The house is a two storey rendered masonry structure on an L-shaped plan with a flat roof. The massing is cubic and the proportions horizontal, relieved by a large circular window on the south elevation the small portholes on the western elevation and the curved corner window, sun room, deck and pipe balustrade on the south-west corner. The entrance door was originally set in a wall of glass bricks. A similar wall has been restored. The colour scheme was originally off white with Wedgewood blue eaves. The nautically flavoured design has much in common with contemporary interpretations of European modernism. The structure, except for the flat roof, is the traditional load-bearing brick. (source: From the Australian Heritage Database: Prevost House)