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.