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

And here's an early painting of it in its setting on the river.

Tomorrow: A Victorian house.


  1. Wow how things change and quite a juxtaposition of new and old!

  2. Today and yesterday associated is a great idea!
    If you have time, you can come to the swimming-pool today with me, I know you like it...

  3. merci pour cette histoire très interressante.Trés bonne idèe de mettre avant et après.

    thank you for this history very interressante. Very good idea to put before and afterwards.

  4. nice combination like this:) thank you for sharing