6 Rosehill Crescent, Lenah Valley
BOOKINGS OPEN 12 NOON AEDT, THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER, 2022
Architect: Esmond Dorney (1952)
This building may be one of Hobart’s great secrets: the house is perched above a quarry face far below the street level and is invisible from any public space. As dramatic proof of the legitimacy of this urban myth, it was discovered in poor condition by the current owners, as no one knew it was there! Now beautifully restored, this is its first public outing.
Approached by a stairway that winds from the street high above, two pavilions – one private and one social – are defined by a partial level change and a butterfly of two opposing skillion rooves. An expressed skeletal structure wraps the portico entrance and shades the fully glazed northern wall which opens to a stunning panorama of the River Derwent and the hills of the Midlands. The open living space (masked by a wall planter Scarpa would be proud of) soars over the garden and into the landscape.
Tours: Saturday 12 November, 1 pm, 1.30 pm, 2 pm, 2.30 pm and 3 pm
Duration: 15 minutes
Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)
Paddy DorneyPaddy 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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