Posts Tagged: Federation Period


This renovation by architects Kennedy Nolan involves the modernisation and extension of an Arts and Crafts house in Melbourne. At MHM, we consider this architecture firm to be one of the leaders in sympathetic renovation of old houses.  Their skill lies in their ability to artfully highlight the important features of the old and to […]

Federation Refreshed

They are doing some pretty impressive stuff in the Marickville Council area at the moment.   This example by David Boyle has a lot of very interesting components. There are some areas we may have done slightly differently, but there are many areas of brilliance!                     […]

Inspired By Grace

Cossington, the childhood home of Australian artist Grace Cossington Smith has been thoughtfully restored and renovated by architect Jorge Hrdina. The original home is locally listed and is located in a conservation area.       The significance of the house, located in Sydney’s north shore, relates to its historical associations with the Neutral Bay Company Land […]

Wylies Baths, Sydney, Australia

Wylie’s baths described as one of Sydney’s most beautiful ocean tidal pools is located just a few hundred metres south of Coogee Beach, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Baths has sweeping 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the famous Wedding Cake Island. Situated amongst an architecturally significant 1900s Federation style timber elevated […]

Right on Kew

Canny Design was asked to restore this Federation era Arts & Craft style house for a large family in Kew, Victoria, and to design and build a new addition to suit their 21st century lifestyle. The house had undergone an earlier renovation in the 1980s. The front was rather well preserved and had retained existing […]

Federation Style (1901–1916)

Federation houses were an Australian version of the English Edwardian house. Distinctly urban, Federation-style housing was developed to meet the demands of the newly prosperous middle class who wanted to display their new wealth following Federation itself in 1901. New suburbs developed with the extension of rail, tram and ferry services and single storied detached […]

Bold but Not Abrasive

This project involved a bold extension and restoration of a Victorian boom-style house in Melbourne’s Armidale. Initially the client was considering demolishing the historic building as it was in poor condition with severely cracked brickwork. The house was not heritage listed so this was a serious consideration, however the Architect Matt Gibson, felt this would […]

Enhancing a Conservation Area

Architects Welsh + Major describe this design quite simply as “a house with tiles on it”.  Their brief from their client was to reinvigorate this 1920s Haberfield house for a family of four, re-instating the dignity of the original home and re-connecting it with new garden spaces.  Their response was to add a single-storey pavilion […]