Books about Federation Housing Architecture
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- Which ONE BOOK should you buy about Federation Style in Australia? See below
- Well, it had to happen some day, that most books on such Federation topics are now collectors’ items.
- These are the books that will be most helpful.
- Listed in Alphabetical order by Title
- The link for each title is to the book record at the National Library of Australia
Australian Country Houses. Homesteads, Farmsteads and Rural Retreats
Clive and Ray JOYCE LUCAS
Australian Country Houses. Homesteads, Farmsteads and Rural Retreats,
Publ. Lansdowne Press, 1987, Willoughby: , 1987.
Australian Houses of the Twenties & Thirties
Cuffley, Peter & Carney, Kevin
The Five Mile Press, Knoxfield, Victoria, 1997. Softcover.
Australian House Styles ,
Maisy Stapleton and Ian Stapleton,
This book takes us on a journey through Australian architectural history, from the bark and split-slab cottages of the early colonial period to the sleek corrugated-steel pavilions of the twenty-first century. In between are country homesteads, city terraces, Federation villas, Californian bungalows and the austere fibro-clad cottages of the 1940s and 1950s. Sixty-three carefully-detailed drawings illustrate the characteristics of every style. The text and drawings combine authority and authenticity with sharp social comment and a wry sense of humour.
Australia’s Home: Its Origins, builders and Occupiers Boyd, Robin ISBN 0522843581 (pbk.)
Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1952. Hardcover.
Caring for Old Houses, New Edition
Evans, Ian, sketches by Michael McCowage
Written by Ian Evans and superbly illustrated with historic photographs, together with carefully detailed sketches by Michael McCowage, this ook is based on the popular series of articles published in newspapers throughout Australia. Packed with useful information and advice for everyone who owns an old house.
Some modern materials and practices, applied to frail old buildings, can cause serious damage to their fabric. New work on an old building should be carefully considered in order to preserve the original character and ensure that the value of the house is maintained and enhanced.
In a text that blends historical background, conservation philosophy and practical advice, Ian Evans provides authoritative information on old house maintenance and restoration.
Decorating with Australian Federation Stained Glass
Author: Jillian Sawyer
First Published August 1994
Stained glass panels for feature windows, doors and door surrounds.
Designing Australia ,
Readings in the History of Design
edited by Michael Bogle,
This book presents a selection of readings on the history of design in Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries. The writers include Australia’s foremost designers and academics from the disciplines of graphic arts, architecture, interior design, design education and history, textiles and costume, and industrial design.
Edwardian House Style:
An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book
Intended for anyone who wants to restore original features in an Edwardian house, or simply to create the light gentility of that period in a modern home, this book looks at each room in turn, as well as the exterior and garden, in terms of how it was then and how antique and modern furniture, funishings and fittings can be used to recreate the setting. The book contains source material from contemporary catalogues, together with photographs of houses and finished rooms in Britain, Europe, North America and Australia. Major trends of the Edwardian period – including the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau and the Queen Anne Revival – are all featured, with the work of architects such as Lutyens and Rennie Mackintosh, gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll, and design houses such as Liberty and Heals.
Fine houses of Sydney .
Houses of historical importance,
Sydney : Methuen Australia, 1982.
(out of print, scarce)
||Getting the Details Right: Restoring Australian houses 1890s-1920sDepartment of Planning ; [text Ian Evans]
Yeronga, Qld. : Flannel Flower Press, 1989
ISBN 1875253033 Paperback, 160 pages, 213 x 287mm
This book is the result of countless hours of fieldwork a tape measure and notebook, painstakingly measuring, recording and drawing some of the most important details of old Australian houses.
The result of a major research project, this book contains working drawings with all the necessary dimensions for fences, gates, doors, windows, chimneys, verandahs and garages for Australian houses built from the arrival of Art Nouveau to the hey-day of Art Deco. The text by Ian Evans provides a concise description of conservation and restoration techniques.
Working drawings with dimensions for constructing fences, gates, doors, windows, chimneys, verandahs & garages for houses of the late 19th & early 20th centuries.
Haberfield – The Development of its Character,
by Vincent Crow, 1978,
20 leaves,  leaves of plates ; 29cm.
Haberfield: Tours of Haberfield : past and present
Notes* Includes index.
Harold Desbrowe-Annear A Life in Architecture
(out of print, scarce)
Professor Harriet Edquist – academic and author of the acclaimed biography ‘Harold Desbrowe-Annear A Life in Architecture’ is the acknowledged authority on the life and work of Harild desbrowe-Annear.
Harold Desbrowe-Annear was one of the most innovative architects in Australia in the early twentieth century. Trained in the heady days of Melbourne’s 1880s land boom and imbued with the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, he was acclaimed by Robin Boyd as a pioneer of modernism.
Sydney : Methuen Australia, 1982.
How to Restore the Old Aussie House
Rev. and enlarged ed.
Everyone who owns an old house or building needs How to Restore the Old Aussie House. This practical guide to restoration contains a wealth of useful information on understanding and maintaining old houses. How to Restore the Old Aussie House includes some 180 specially drawn illustrations, as well as specifications for a wide range of materials from lime mortar to doorknobs and colour schemes.
This new, updated and enlarged edition of one of Australia¹s most popular building conservation books is an indispensable part of the house restorer¹s toolkit, as important as paintbrush, hammer and nails.
John Horbury Hunt, Radical Architect 1838 – 1904
by Peter Reynolds, Lesley Muir and Joy Hughes
One of Australia’s most eccentric and complex architects, Hunt radically challenged the conservative architectural establishment of late 19th century Australia. With contemporary and historical photographs and plans, this scholarly book will confirm Hunt’s place in history as an architect of enduring significance and originality.
It is the most comprehensive publication on the architect in the last 30 years and confirms Hunt’s place in history as an architect of enduring significance and originality. He arrived in Sydney in 1863 and for the next 40 years was renowned for the distinctive and radical architecture he introduced to the fledgling city and rural New South Wales.
Pioneers of modernism : the arts and crafts movement in Australia
by Edquist, Harriet
Here, architectural historian Harriet Edquist explores the work of four of Australia’s most radical and innovative Arts and Crafts architects, Walter Butler, Harold Desbrowe-Annear, Walter Liberty Vernon and Robin Dods and situates them in the historical context of the first decades of the twentieth century. The accompanying photographs and plans bring to life the simple lines of their design and illustrate why it is so deserving of further recognition.
Carlton, Vic. : Miegunyah Press/Melbourne University Publishing, 2008.
Planting the Nation : Federation Gardens by Australian Garden History Society. Author Georgina Whitehead
Australian Garden History Society, Melbourne, 2001, hard cover with dust jacket.
Published by the AGHS to mark the centenary of Federation, this beautifully illustrated collection of essays is an important contribution to garden history that will be enjoyed by all who appreciate our nation’s landscape heritage.
Sweetness and light : the Queen Anne movement, 1860-1900 / Mark Girouard
Author Girouard, Mark, 1931-
An interesting survey of Victorian interpretation, elaboration and variation on “Queen Anne” style, which gained enormous currency in architecture, children’s book illustration (Greenaway and her emulators), and other decorative arts.
The Federation House ,
Australia’s Own Style, by H Fraser and R Joyce,
Federation style housing is a unique and fascinating period of Australia’s architectural history. Although the Federation house borrowed styles from many countries and eras, from English Queen Anne to Art Nouveau, it had a distinctive nationalistic flavour – God Save the Queen and Advance Australia Fair at the same time. This book is more than a mere series of pictures and descriptions. It gives advice to owners and would-be owners of Federation houses on how to restore them to their original glory, tips on specialised maintenance, and the names of experts who have the skills that may be needed.
The Federation House ,
A Restoration Guide, Ian Evans,
STILL AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM BOOKSHOPS – This is the One Book to buy!
This book blends the story of these remarkable buildings with a wealth of information on their restoration and conservation. Shrewd practical advice on restoration techniques from Australia’s best-known writer on old houses, together with a comprehensive directory of suppliers which lists all of the services and materials necessary, combine to form an essential guide for every owner of a Federation-style house
Mullumbimby NSW 2004, $39.95
The History and Design of the Australian House
By Robert Irving (Edited by)
This impressive array of contributions from leading figures in Australian architecture, landscape design, building preservation and renovation gives an authoritative account of the Australian house in all its forms and fashions. The full range of home building types is examined int ext, modern and historic photographs, analytical drawings, site plans, floor plans, and section drawings.
The Queensland House: History and Conservation
Evans, Ian / National Trust of Queensland
The fascinating & intriguing history of the traditional timber buildings of Queensland is combined with a comprehensive guide to the conservation of timber houses.
Towards the Dawn .
Federation Architecture in Australia 1890-1915,
Federation architecture is often proudly referred to as our ‘national style’. As Australia moved towards Federation and formal separation from the ‘Mother Country’, local architects looked with new eyes at the landscape around them. Native flora and fauna became popular decorative motifs in domestic architecture and wide verandahs were introduced to cool houses in the Australian heat
9780868064785, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney 1993 (Out of Print)
Visions of a Republic ,
the Work of Lucien Henry, Paris, Noumea, Sydney,
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of a republic: the work of Lucien Henry at the Powerhouse Museum 4 April-14 October 2001 as part of the centenary of Federation.
Powerhouse Publishing Sydney 2001