Looking at Architecture: Killara Day

When the North Shore line opened in 1890, Lindfield Station was followed by Gordon Station. A few years later Killara was created to fill the need for a station between the two.


In the centre of the Upper North Shore, Killara has benefited from minimal commercial and industrial development, having only one small area zoned for commercial use. This is on the west side of the railway station, where the National Trust Gift Shop, the car park and railway station are all within a short walk of the houses that will be open for the Killara Day, on the east side of the line.


Morningside, 1 Maples Avenue, Killara

A two-storey house built in 1937 by the architect Augustus Aley, his own home for forty years, this Art Deco home with serene views over park and valley beyond, is now celebrating its 80th year. A little altered over the years, Morningside retains its original Art Deco and unusual Greek and Cretan decorative motifs throughout.


Lynwood Cottage, 4 Lynwood Avenue, Killara

Built by Peddle Thorpe and Walker in 1917 using elements of the Arts and Crafts style and of the California Bungalow, Lynwood Cottage is celebrating a splendid 100 years in 2017. The present owners commissioned the Architect David White to make judicious alterations within the footprint and roof space of the original building, to create light-filled living spaces for their young family while retaining the character and craftsmanship of this early Upper North Shore house.


Currawinya, 27 Powell Street, Killara

Built int he Federation style about 1907 and Heritage-listed, this serene house has undergone changes over the years, some in the last 20 years by the present owners to accommodate their family of 3 now adult boys. Very private from the street, Currawinya looks out over the garden to the tree-filled valley below.


Lynwood, 8 Lynwood Avenue Avenue, Killara

The Lynwood Estate of about ten acres dates from 1889 and the historic house with its unusual architectural features in the Art Nouveau style, from 1906. Lynwood has been occupied by Opus Dei since 1978.



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