The inaugural AAA Woollahra Walk was launched in February this year and what a great success it was! The walk was sold out. We had a group of 20 enthusiastic people who were not scared of the rain and boy did it rain. Luise Elsing, a Councillor from Woollahra Council, was invited to launch the walk. Afterwards, she complimented us on how wonderful the walk was despite the weather.
The AAA has not ventured into this part of Sydney before. Between Woollahra and Paddington, there is a lot to see. The housing stock is very varied between the old terrace houses, new infill housing and architect designed, free standing houses.
The walk started at the Phoenix Hotel which is located close to Sid Einfield Drive at the top of Ocean Street. The walk took in many wonderful houses and a variety of buildings including a , church, a synagogue, shops and even the building which featured in that wonderful Australian soapie, Number 96. This was a blast from the past for many of the attendees as they did not know that the building was located in Woollahra.
People who came on the walk were not be disappointed as they saw the early work of some of Sydney’s well known architects like Glenn Murcutt, Alex Tzannes and Don Gazzard to name a few. A lot of these houses have played an important role in the history of domestic architecture in Sydney.
Since this was the launch of the AAA Woollahra Walk, it finished back at the Phoenix Hotel for a well deserved drink and something to eat and hear some encouraging words from Luise Elsing. Also, to get out of the rain!
The next Woollahra Walk takes place in May.
Location: Meet at the Phoenix Hotel, 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free
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- Article: Ben Gerstel
- Image 1: Residence designed by Grove Architects http://www.grovearchitects.com.au/
- Image 2: Ben Gerstel introduces Woollahra councillor Luise Elsing, who officially launched the Woollahra Walk
- Image 3: Residence designed by Glenn Murcutt
- Photographer: Vanessa Couzens