Sandstone, Sydney and stalking in the 19th century

Posted on Fri, 22 Aug 2008 by midcenturyjo

Today I’m stalking the historic inner city suburbs of Sydney. The properties are 19th century sandstone cottages, age worn but well loved. The first, built in the second half of the century, is squeaky clean and finely restored. It seems a proud little house, comfortable and solid. The other, an 1840’s Georgian cottage, also seems comfortable in its slightly down at heel skin. It’s been restored but not gentrified. Which do you prefer? I’m leaning towards the 1840’s Georgian cottage with all it’s well lived-in clutter. It has a sense of place and time and home.

lottie says:

definitely the cottage! it is beautiful – i love the kitchen opening onto the courtyard garden. it is such a lovely space.

Thought I’d love the older one hands down, but they both have a lot going for them which makes it hard to choose. I love the exterior of the first one! I wish it weren’t so WHITE and decorated quite so modernly. If the wooden beams and fireplaces were only as rustic looking as the gorgeous sandstone walls, I would like this one a lot more. Love the cozy, homey feel of the Georgian.

BTW thanks so much for your inspiring blog!!

Anonymous says:

I’d totally go for the older one! Seems much more comfortable!

kim. says:

The first = WAY too much sandstone. Would drive me up the wall.

Nay-K says:

the house front in the first picture is amazing!!!!

Anonymous says:

Great. Is the painting contemporary aboriginal? Check out my website-

feel free to email me, happy to share messages

Sam says:

Aren’t they lovely! So nicely refurbed – very tasteful! So glad I found your blog! I’ll be back!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.
Required fields are indicated by *