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Thursday 27 February 2014

I’m just back from spending a few days in Sydney, staying in one of my favourite houses. A friend has been the owner, resident and custodian for a long time, and I have enjoyed many visits there.

When it was built around 1905 Ruskinian was a typical middle-class Sydney suburban house. A hundred and ten years later you can still see many houses like it around the older Sydney sub­urbs, but hardly any with such a collection of intact original features as this one​—​turned verandah posts, tuck-​pointed brick­work, richly or­na­men­ted plaster­work finished in distemper, coloured and patterned glass, wood-grained joinery, linoleum floor coverings… .

But this will be my last visit. My friend is moving and the house is to be sold. I took some photographs to remember it by.

ceiling rose in the front room

the sitting room

distemper finished plaster cornice and frieze

wood-grained kitchen door

wood-grained fanlight sash, with faux stained glass transfer

linoleum square in the dining room

a watering can on the back verandah

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