In the late 19th & early 20th centuries the acceptance of Sydney's subtropical climate by architects resulted in many of them shifting their aesthetic allegiance away from England and towards America, with its similar climate and social conditions. The impact of Boston born architect John Horbury Hunt, who settled in Sydney in 1863 designing several large and highly original homes in the American Shingle style in the bushland setting of Sydney's upper North Shore, contributed in no small way to this new, boldly austere style becoming another strand in Australia's eclectic Federation style, one particularly favoured for two-storey houses.
This large & comfortable Federation/American Shingle style home in Sydney's bushland suburb of Lindfield has recently undergone a major exterior renovation. Extensive deterioration of the verandah, aggravated by water damage, required the tessellated pavement to be replaced. The client chose the Leeds pattern combined with a Norwood border in a fresh colour palette of grey, white, deep blue & black to complement the new paint scheme. Its American Shingle credentials are evident in the gables & dormer windows featuring geometric hardwood shingles, the roofline & eaves overhang, and the squat semi-circular arch of the verandah entry, articulated in brick & rough-hewn local stone.