Piers Taylor’s home in Sydney’s northern suburbs has become the second most-preserved building in the Australian Capital Territory.
The 44-year-old architect’s design was chosen for the Australian Heritage National Heritage Area by the Australian National Trust (ANTS), which said the property, which has been described as “one of the most spectacular and significant heritage buildings in Australia”, was “a landmark”.
“It is a masterpiece of design and the design team at PiersTaylor have done an extraordinary job,” ANTS director of heritage and heritage conservation Mark Richardson said.
“It was an incredibly difficult and emotional process to acquire and develop this unique property in Sydney.”
Mr Richardson said the ANTS had identified the property as one of the “most outstanding heritage buildings” in Australia and had secured funding from the Federal Government to preserve it for future generations.
“PiersTaker has become a unique, extraordinary place, the second-most-presented landmark in the country after Sydney Opera House and the world’s most important landmark after the Sydney Opera Hall,” he said.
Aerial view of the Piers-Taylor House site, on the corner of Southbank Street and East Parade Street.
(AAP: Mark Graham)The landmark was discovered in the early 1990s, but has only recently been restored to its original state.
“The ANTS is delighted that the heritage value of this property has been recognised as one among the world-class landmarks in Australia, the highest accolade it can achieve,” Mr Richardson said in a statement.
“This is the highest honour given by ANTS to the heritage of a building, and this is a remarkable achievement for the community.”
Mr Taylor designed the iconic landmark in 1960 and died in 1996, leaving his house to his son, Paul, who died in 2005.
The Taylor home is the second of a series of properties on the site.
A second house on the same site was designed by Mr Taylor, and was completed in 1990.
The building’s heritage, along with the site’s history, has made it a landmark for decades.
“I think the fact that we are able to preserve this property, along the way, gives us a great opportunity to highlight that heritage and the significance of the site,” Mr Taster said.
Topics:historical-and-cultural-curiosities,history,world-war-1,australiaFirst posted February 08, 2019 11:26:18Contact David RobsonMore stories from Australia