Tate House

104 Flinders Esplanade, Taroona

No bookings required, just turn up!

Architect: Esmond Dorney (1958) Preston Lane Architects (2021)

Originally designed by Esmond Dorney, Tate House sits above the river’s edge with 180-degree views of the Derwent estuary and the hills and bays of the far shore. The immediate foreground, originally beach and boat sheds, is now slightly masked by later development.

The house is a continuation of the form and structural technology of the Dorney Shack (1957) and the Young (Butterfly) House of 1958. With immediate street frontage, this design needed to find a different solution from those two projects to ensure privacy in a developing suburban context. Allied to some solid panels, a slightly deeper setback allows the garden to mask the glazing. The street frontage features a striking curved form that responds directly to the hills on the eastern horizon, offering a relaxed logic to the street view.

In 2019, the current owners commissioned Preston Lane Architects to carefully restore the existing house and update the interiors, maintaining the essence of the original building while also accommodating the changing needs of the clients, allowing them to age in place.

Open: Saturday 11 November 2023, 10 am – 1 pm

Note: This is a shoe-free household.


*  On Saturday, 11 November, Open House Hobart ask everyone to observe a minute silence at 11 am for Remembrance Day.



Building Type


Architectural Periods

Contemporary (2001-current)

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)


Architectural Design


Level Changes

Wheelchair Friendly

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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