F. Glynn Gilling
English born F. Glynn Gilling arrived in Sydney in 1919. Gilling is regarded as one of the most prolific architects of luxury housing in the interwar years. He was a leading practitioner of the Mediterranean Style, although his practice with Howard Joseland, Joseland and Gilling, employed many styles that were popular in the period, including Tudor and Regency Revival.
Gilling-designed houses were built throughout the Eastern Suburbs and the Upper North Shore of Sydney, and to a lesser extent the Northern Beaches and Southern Highlands. Gilling also designed the Cahors the apartment building on Macleay St, Potts Point in 1940.
Hallmarks of Gilling Residential Design:
- Lightly stuccoed Mediterranean style
- Low pitched roofs clad with Spanish style terracotta tiles
- Rectangular chimneys with simple pointed arch brick hoods
- Use of a diagonal entrance way to attract more light into the interior
- Spanish detailing including rope and keystone patterns, barley-twist columns
- Multi panelled windows, often with metal security grills
- French doors opening onto small semi circular terraces at ground level, or small Juliet style balconies at first floor level
- Gilling sited his houses carefully in relation to the garden to maximise the aspect and climate conditions.
- Ground floor loggias, typically facing either a view or garden setting.