Saturday, 21 October 2006
Series: House architecture in my local area Part 1: the oldest and the newest
Tempe House, completed 1836, and modern development behind.
This Georgian house, built for a weathy Scottish emigree has recently been restored as part of the apartment development behind. It has quite a history, from glamorous high society home, to a school operated by early Sydney philanthropist Caroline Chisholm (she previously appeared on the Australian five dollar note), through nearly a century as a home run by Catholic Good Samaritan nuns for women adjudged to be in “moral danger”. In recent years the house has been in danger of total dereliction, so it's great to see it brought back to its former glory, even if the cost is the towering apartments behind....
Read more about it, including its history, and see more pictures here.
And here's an early painting of it in its setting on the river.
Tomorrow: A Victorian house.