5 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Woollahra Municipal Council

Save GADEN HOUSE, Neville Gruzman's modernist masterpiece in Sydney's east

Gaden House, 24-26 Bay Street Double Bay NSW is a unique modernist office building designed by Neville Gruzman and completed in 1968. It is a largely intact example of Gruzman's sophisticated output and is one of the finest surviving mid century modernist buildings in Sydney.  The building is the subject of current Development Application DA589/2017 and is under threat of being irrevocably changed and its significance erased. We, the undersigned, believe this building to be an important surviving part of Sydney's architectural history. We believe the current proposal should be refused to protect Gaden House's value as a rare example of 1960's Sydney commercial architecture. We believe an alternative approach to developing the site could preserve the building, restore its facades and interiors and enhance the building as an asset to both the owner and the community.  The advertising period ends this Wednesday January 10th. If you share our concerns about the proposal, please add your support to this petition. We also urge you to email referencing the DA number above and stating your objections to the proposed changes. You can also ask council to allow for additional time to review the proposal. Image by David Moore from Philip Goad & Neville Gruzman, Gruzman, an architect and his city, pub 2006.  Gaden House in its original form featured many purpose designed elements that represent Gruzman's architectural flair and celebrated talent for detailing. Bounded by public roads on three sides (N, E + W) each facade addresses its orientation perfectly by employing sunshading fins, vertical to the east and west and horizontal to the north. These give the building its distinctive form and complete each corner of the facade carefully, achieving a visually cohesive composition from every angle   The internal cantilevered helical stair (still intact) is beautifully detailed featuring glass treads set in concrete frames; it allows light (from the circular skylight above) deep into the interior A custom glass sculpture by Michael Kitching commissioned for the project connected the stair and entrance lobby through a combination of vertical and horizontal installations. A new sculpture by a suitable artist, purpose designed for the space, would be an appropriate requirement of any approval to alter the building.  The office ceiling system (since altered but able to be reinstated/restored), designed by Gruzman, integrated all mechanical ventilation and air distribution plus lighting within a visually cohesive array of circular apertures set within a square grid. This is an unusual and ingenious solution to services resolution in a building of this type with critical vertical set outs and concrete slab floor construction. Gruzman's significance to Sydney's and Australia's architectural history is described here by historian Philip Goad, from NG's Obituary published in Architecture Australia – July 2005 (Vol 94 No 4): In the published histories of Australian architecture, Gruzman makes only a limited appearance. Robin Boyd and J. M. Freeland don’t mention him or his work. Jennifer Taylor discusses Gruzman only as a name among what could be loosely described as a Wrightian school in Sydney, and also in terms of the career of Glenn Murcutt. This is surprising but perhaps not unusual, as these histories track “movements” rather than the individualist architects who began their practices in earnest in the 1950s – architects like James Birrell, Peter Burns, Alex Jelinek, Stuart McIntosh, and, of course, Neville Gruzman. As a consequence, these architects sit outside any current architectural canon. At the same time, Gruzman and his works are well known. His houses were consistently published in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Then there was a gap in exposure until 1983, when a commemorative exhibition devoted to Gruzman’s work was held at the RAIA NSW Chapter, and another retrospective in 1992 at the Rex Irwin Gallery in Sydney. These drew considerable and intense interest.

Rory Toomey
2,230 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Save 'Mundumburrah' and place it on the Heritage Register

Please give your support to protect Mundumburrah Mundumburrah is a home of considerable architectural and well documented historical significance at 41 Drane Street Clayfield.  It is currently being redeveloped as part of a Development Application approved in September 2016.  Approval was given despite there being an application for Heritage Listing lodged with the Brisbane City Council in March 2016, which was apparently overlooked by Council when approving the redevelopment. The home is a substantial dwelling and significant for its contribution to the Drane Street streetscape, being the first home in the block and also the last remaining example of the wealthier Queensland Colonial Pyramid architecture dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s in the street.   Mundumburrah is a late Victorian era timber residence which is important in illustrating the principal characteristics of a distinctly regional, climate-responsive style of architecture.  It has been well maintained and retains most of its original features.  Drane Street Clayfield was so named in 1897, after John William Constantine Drane, who built the house on its current site in 1886.  It remained the only house in the entire block between Railway Parade and Victoria Street until 1920.  John Drane, his wife and children played a significant and well documented role in the early history of Brisbane. Three of the Drane boys served in WW1 but only two returned home.  Few streets in Clayfield are named after prominent residents that actually lived in the street. Arthur Ferry, another prominent figure in early Queensland Government, purchased the property in 1923 and Mundumburrah remained in the Ferry family until 1984. The historical and architectural importance of this property was completely overlooked in approving the development application and a decision on the Heritage Listing Application remains outstanding. As a result we are petitioning the Brisbane Lord Mayor as follows: Dear Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, For your immediate attention:  Mundumburrah 39-41 Drane Street, Clayfield  4011 Built in 1886, this was the first house in the block and is the last remaining example of tin and timber Queensland Colonial Pyramid Architecture. To demonstrate the good faith of your council in adhering to its own Heritage Protection Laws, we, the signatories to this petition, request that: The application sent to on 30 March 2016 to list this unique property on the Heritage Register be acted upon and listed immediately.  Brisbane City Council ensure Mundumburrah will be restored and fully protected in its original context as an integral part of Brisbane and Queensland's Architectural Heritage. Commemorative plaques be placed on the footpath noting Mundumburrah's unique status in Queensland Colonial Pyramid Architecture and naming the prominent citizens who have lived in this home. Please restore our confidence in your good administration of this city. NOTE ON COMPLETING YOUR PETITION ENTRY:  Please be aware that if you would like your name to appear on the petition which goes to the Lord Mayor you must leave the tick in the box 'Display my name and comment on this petition'which appears under the comments section. Otherwise you will only be recorded in the number of 'supporters' on the website (which is great), but your name will not appear on the petition being presented to the Lord Mayor. Thanks again for your support!

Save Mundumburrah
1,329 supporters