New Book - Visionaries In Suburbia


‘Visionaries In Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape’ is a new publication that documents built and unbuilt projects in Sydney designed in the early twentieth century by American Landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, architect Marion Mahony Griffin.

Compiled by the Walter Burley Griffin Society and edited by Anne Watson, the publication celebrates the Griffin’s unique contributions to Australian residential architecture. In particular their development Castlecrag, now an inner city ring suburb of Sydney, which presented a new vision for suburbia that celebrated the natural Australian environment.

Visionaries In Australia provides an insight into the Griffin’s time in Australia through a series of essays written by heritage specialists and Griffin home owners. Original plans, drawings and illustrations by the Griffins have been reproduced in the book as well as photographs documenting their partnership - both personal and professional.

Built projects in Castlecrag and beyond Castlecrag are documented in chronological order with background text, contemporary reproductions of the houses floor plans, and contemporary and archival photographs. Unbuilt projects are also documented with reproductions of original plans and illustrations.

Several years in the making Visionaries In Suburbia is a comprehensive survey of the Griffins Sydney work and will be one that admirers will want to add to their book collection.

Book Details:
Bind Format: Paperback
Pages: 215
Cost: $59.95 (if ordered through the National Library of Australia Bookshop)

Click here to order your copy.

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  • Image: Visionaries In Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape cover