Sydney Houses

The Historic Houses Trust is currently running a Lecture Series on various house styles. A couple of weeks ago I attended the talk on Bungalows.

As a Colour Consultant and Interior Decorator located on the North Shore in Sydney, I am in the Californian Bungalow heartland and have consulted on a number of Cal Bungs on both the North Shore and other parts of Sydney.

So I was keen to attend the talk given by Dr James Broadbent followed by another given by Scott Robertson.

Dr James Broadbent spoke on the original bungalows of Australia. Although the first use of the term Bungalow wasn’t used until 1854 when it appeared in a real estate advertisement for a house in Burwood. The term bungalow has different connotations. In England, the term bungalow implied a cottage and was looked down upon in disdain. It was usually a small single storey dwelling.

Macquarie Fields House

The colonial bungalows that started to appear in the 19th century had distinct Australian character. Many of the bungalows had verandahs like the bungalows seen in India. Army personnel that were stationed in India transported the ideas and architecture back to Australia.

The grandest bungalow built in the early years of Sydney’s settlement was Captain Piper’s Naval Villa and was originally built without a verandah.

Captain Piper's Naval Villa

Scott Robertson spoke on the Californian Bungalows that started to appear in the early 1900’s following Richard Stanton‘s visit to the United States in 1905. The bungalow style was quickly adopted and the book Australian Bungalow and Cottage House Designs lists 78 different bungalow designs. The bungalow was used as war service homes between 1920 and 1927 and a range was produced by George Hudson and Sons in a ready cut version.

Californian Bungalow Style House on North Shore

The series continues with talks on Beach Shacks, Terrace Houses, Project Homes and Portable Housing yet to be held.

If you would like assistance with colours or decor for your bungalow, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.




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