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Archive relating to Pettit & Sevitt project homes

Made 1962-1977

Despite its ubiquity, suburban living has always attracted critics. For many years the cultural and aesthetic consequences of suburban living formed the focus of criticism. Many of Australia’s best architectural minds struggled with the problem of creating pleasing and functional houses from limited budgets, space and materials. The project home industry was founded from this struggle.

The interface between professional design and popular buildings is one of the most contentious areas of archi...

Summary

2008/205/1
Design archive, Pettit & Sevitt project homes, Ken Woolley / Ancher Mortlock Murray & Woolley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1962-1977

The archive includes specifications and drawings for a range of Pettit & Sevitt houses, as well as records of interviews between clients and Ken Woolley and other Ancher Mortlock Murray & Woolley architects.

A preliminary archives listing follows:

Box 1(4)

File, 'J Series Westleigh', 1972-73
File, 'P&S Kitchen & Bathroom Research', 1965-75
File, 'P&S 7432 Low Cost', 1974
File, 'Sydney North 2', 1978-79
File, 'Ballina', 1973-74
File 'Calile Malouf Pty Ltd / Pettit & Sevitt - Brisbane - Agreement and royalties', 1972
File, 'RJS Personal - Yarralumla Project', n.d.
Specification, 'Specification and colour scheme prepared for Pettit Sevitt & Partners' by Blundell, Spence & Company, 1965
Specification, Two Storey Mark 5 House Master Specification N.S.W. by Pettit & Sevitt Pty Limited, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, January 1971
Specification, Square House Master Specification N.S.W. by Pettit & Sevitt Pty Limited, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, June 1970
File 'P&S 1969", 1968
Contains Specification, Stilt House Master Specification N.S.W. by Pettit & Sevitt Pty Limited at Lot 33, Elouera Road, Thornleigh, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, 1968
File, 'Curvilinear'
Specification , 'LL/PAVILION', by Pettit & Sevitt Constructions at Lot 2, Minnamurra Place, West Pymble, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, 1968
Specification, 'Patio (11-1968) Master Specification', by Pettit & Sevitt Constructions at Lot 3, Richmond Avenue West, St Ives, , Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, 9 May 1968
Specification, Deck House (14-1968) Master Specification N.S.W.' by Pettit & Sevitt Constructions at Lot 11, Beecroft Road, Beecroft, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, November 1968
Specification, SLIE (1E-1968) Master Specification N.S.W.' by Pettit & Sevitt Constructions at Lot 53, Elouera Road, Thornleigh, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, October 1968
Specification, Split Level Mk I House' by Pettit, Sevitt & Partners at Lot 16, Chester Street, Sylvania, Anchor, Mortlock, Murray & Woolley consulting architects, n.d.
File, 'Thiess Bros Pty Limited / Coal Division / Housing - Blackwater "A"', n.d.
File, 'Warners Bay', 1974
File, '1000 sq ft House', n.d.
File, 'P&S General Siting', 1972
File, 'Landall Ltd in liquidation notices', 1978-1981
File, 'Original agreements re copyright & royalties / 1. Between AMMW and Pettit & Sevitt Sales Pty Ltd dated 8 April 1975 / 2. Between AMMW and M.A.P.C. (No. 10) Pty Ltd dated 8 April 1975'
Loose papers

Box 2(4)

File, 'Pettit & Sevitt - Canberra Production 6410-3', 1966-1968
File, 'P&S Plans & Price', 1971-1973
File, 'Extra stuff for C&M', 1969
File, 'P&S v Hooker Homes', 1968-1969
File, 'Pettit & Sevitt - Accounts & Accounts Correspondence', 1965-1973
File, no title, 1971-1972
File, 'Gen Exhib / for Classification', 1965-1970
File, '7301 Pettit & Sevitt - General Production - New Zealand', 1973-1974
File, 'P&S Exhibition Village - Westleigh General File 7227', 1972-1974
File, no title, 1975-1977
File, 'P&S Book', 2003
File, 'Pettit& Sevitt / Landall Ltd / Fees File', 1966-1981
File, 'Assorted Government (NCDC) Housing', n.d.
File, '7306 Houses 1 to 6 P&S Fiji Pettit & Sevitt Pty Ltd', 1973-1975
Folder, 'Pettit & Sevitt / Plan Sheets'
Invoice book, to Pettit & Sevitt from Ancher Mortlock Murray & Woolley, 1966-1970
Loose papers


Box 3(4)

Booklet, Record of AMMW Interviews with P&S clients, 1965-1965
Booklet, Pettit, Sevitt & Partners Interviews, 1966
Folder, 'Pettit & Sevitt / Interview Reports / 22.8.68 - 25.3.69 / 10.9.65 - end 66'
Folder, Reports for Pettit & Sevitt 680-719, 1973
Folder, Reports for Pettit & Sevitt 800-829, 1973
Folder, Reports for Pettit & Sevitt 830-887, 1973-1974

Box 4(4)
Folder, 'Pettit & Sevitt / Client File', 1975-1976
Folder, 'Bowral 4', 1974-1976
Folder, 'South Sydney 13', 1976-1977
Folder, '16', 1977-79

Tube 1(5)
Architectural drawings, Pettit & Sevitt Houses, archived 17th April 2002, 1(2)

Tube 2(5)
Architectural drawings, Pettit & Sevitt Houses, archived 17th April 2002, 2(2)

Tube 3(5)
Schematic and working drawings, Pettit & Sevitt Project Houses 67-78, archived 13/12/02, project number 6505, 1(2)

Tube 4(5)
Schematic and working drawings, Pettit & Sevitt Project Houses 67-78, archived 22/1/03, project number 6505, 2(2)

Tube 5(5)
Drawings, unlabelled

Production

Ken Woolley (b.1933) is one of Australia's most influential architects, leaving his mark across the range of building genres. His work is distinguished by its combination of high-profile projects and designs affordable and popular within the mass housing market.

Woolley attended Sydney Boys High School before studying architecture at the University of Sydney. While an undergraduate he worked as a trainee at the NSW Government Architect's office. Employed there as a Design Architect from 1955, Woolley was responsible for some major projects at an unusually young age, among them the University of Sydney's Fisher Library (1958-1962) and the State Office Block (1960-1965; demolished 1998). Fisher Library won the RAIA Sulman Award and an RIBA Bronze Medal in 1962.

In 1958 Ken Woolley and Michael Dysart, another young architect employed by the Government Architect, won a national competition for the design of a low-cost house; this house was later constructed at an exhibition village at Cherrybrook. The competition helped create Woolley's reputation in the housing field, as did his 1962 success with the RAIA Wilkinson Award for his own house at Mosman. In 1961 Woolley and Dysart designed three exhibition houses for Lend Lease, which had recently entered the project house industry. The same year Woolley and Dysart designed the Split Level, the first of many designs for Pettit & Sevitt over a period to 1975.

In 1964 Woolley and Dysart parted ways and Woolly became a partner in Ancher Mortlock Murray & Woolley, a practice founded in 1946 by Sidney Ancher, However he continued his work for Pettit & Sevitt. In addition to project homes, Woolley also designed public housing (at Woolloomoolloo and Macquarie Fields) and numerous apartment projects for the private market. Among the latter is The Penthouses (Darling Point, 1968), a terraced townhouse complex much imitated on harbour side and hillside sites across Sydney and elsewhere. Woolley has designed numerous public buildings, including Sydney Town Hall House and Sydney Square (1974), the Park Hyatt Hotel, Campbells Cove (1990), ABC Centre, Ultimo (1990), RAS Showground Exhibition Halls, Olympic Park (1998) and extensions to the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour (1999). Woolley was also a participant in perhaps the most contentious development of Australian urban history, redesigning the apartments proposed for Victoria Street, Potts Points during the 1970s.

Ken Woolley remains active, his current work including designs for the reborn Pettit & Sevitt.
1962-1977

Source

Gift of Ken Woolley, 2008

Cite this Object

Archive relating to Pettit & Sevitt project homes 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 April 2017, <https://ma.as/386550>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/386550 |title=Archive relating to Pettit & Sevitt project homes |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=24 April 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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