Fisher House

436 Churchill Avenue, Hobart


Architect: Esmond Dorney (1991)

Designed for ballroom dancers Geoff and Maxine Fisher, this is Esmond Dorney’s last house, completed just after his death in 1991. Fisher House includes a sprung floor ballroom and indoor swimming pool on the ground floor, which also houses an archive of ballroom dancing ephemera that gives it a museum-like atmosphere. The upstairs level is dominated by a large living area featuring Dorney’s signature curved ceiling, a sunken circular lounge and extensive glazing that provides panoramic views of the Derwent River and eastern shore. Each room in the house is uniquely shaped, thanks to the irregular form of the house. Through Open House Hobart, Maxine’s house and its quirky private collection will be made public for the first time.

Tours: Saturday 12 November, 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am and 11.30 am

Duration: 20 Minutes



Sandy Bay

Building Types

Intact Interior


Architectural Period

Late Twentieth Century (1961-2000)


Architectural Design

New to Program


Stair Access Only

Steep Incline

Paddy Dorney

Paddy Dorney is a retired member of the governing Council and the Senate of the University of Tasmania. He has taught architecture at UTAS School of Architecture and was the Student President of the University for some years. He has worked in concert with the Australian Institute of Architects to present the very exciting and successful Open House Program from its origin, ten years ago. Read more

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