25 September 2023

Heritage List making history

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Plantings on Red Hill by Thomas Charles George Weston and a house designed by Harry Seidler have been registered on the ACT Heritage List.

Chair of the ACT Heritage Council, David Flannery said the registrations reflected the continuing work of the Council to identify the important heritage places and objects in the Territory.

“The Red Hill Historic Plantings are an assortment of colourful flowering plants including Darling Pea, Crimson Bottle Brush, and Rosemary Grevillea, and are one of the earliest known series of plantings in the ACT established for landscape restoration,” Mr Flannery said.

“The plantings provide a direct, living connection to the Walter and Marion Mahony Griffin vision to ‘paint’ the hills of Canberra, a vision which was expressed over a century ago and was a unique approach to revegetation.”

He said the house, at 11 Northcote Crescent, Deakin (pictured), was designed by one of Australia’s leading architects of the modern movement, Harry Seidler, in the early 1950s.

“The house is an excellent example of the so-called Post-War International Style (1940-60) of architecture, and was featured in the book 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture, by Tim Reeves and Alan Roberts,” Mr Flannery said.

“The design features of this style include cubiform overall shape, large sheets of glass, and the interplay of forms and levels. Seidler considered 11 Northcote Crescent one of his favourite designs.”

He said both registrations followed periods of public consultation. The initial public consultation period for the Red Hill Historic Plantings was extended following considerable community interest in the decision.

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