Demolished Houses of Sydney

October 5, 2011

This wonderful book was published in 1999 by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, edited by Joy Hughes. It is, as the title declares, a photographic record of hundreds of houses that once existed around Sydney but have since been demolished for various reasons. The book is divided by area and each house gets a few sentences of description. The photos vary from professional architectural images to quite amateur snaps, the point being that the photos were gathered for this book and they had to use whatever was available as the buildings no longer existed. Many of the houses probably didn’t seem worthy of being properly recorded by the owners, or if they were the photos have fallen into obscurity. The whole book is fascinating, however my favourite buildings are the grand mansions around the city and Eastern suburbs, a few of which are shown below.

Cliffbrook, Gordon St, Coogee. Built 1873, demolished 1976 for town houses.

Mundarrah Towers, Clovelly Rd, Clovelly. Built 1860, demolished 1923 for a hotel

Grantham, Wylde St, Potts Point. Built 1839 with additions 1871, demolished 1937 for flats.

Maramanah, Darlinghurst. Built 1882, demolished 1954. It was on the corner of Macleay St & Elizabeth Bay Rd. It was resumed in 1949 by the Council of the City of Sydney and the site incorporated into Fitzroy Gardens.

Craigend, Darlinghurst. Built 1829 by Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor-General of NSW. Demolished 1922 for a residential subdivision. It was in the area of present day Surrey and Caldwell Streets.

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8 Responses to “Demolished Houses of Sydney”

  1. Paul Says:

    I’m researching the Werrington building designed by Emil Sodersten and built in 1930. It’s address is now at 85 Macleay Street but was originally at 7 Manning Street.

    I wondered if you had come across any photos of the old entrance on Manning Street?

  2. longwhitekid Says:

    Maramanah was originally built much earlier…1840s-1850s I believe. Extensive renovations were done in 1882 by the new owner

    • whystoptime Says:

      I’m not sure of the construction date, but I’ll take your word for it. I must have got that year from the book, which I had out from the library, so I can’t check.

  3. Darren Says:

    That HHT exhibition was excellent and I cherish my copy of the book. Its frightening to read how many houses were knocked down to build either a block of flats or a carpark. Sydney never changed and continued to knock down treasures.

  4. Genna Merrin Says:

    Is this book available to buy?

    • whystoptime Says:

      It’s on abebooks but quite expensive. Out of print so second hand bookshops are the best chance.


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