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88/892 House model, 1950s Australian suburban home, the 'St Ives', mixed media, made by George Hudson Pty Ltd, Cabramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1955-1956, used by Berger & British Paints, Alfred Street, Rhodes, New South Wales, Australia. Click to enlarge.

Architectural model of St Ives, display home by George Hudson Pty Ltd, 1955-1956

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1955.

This is a model of a free-standing suburban domestic Australian home of the 1950s. Called the 'St Ives', it was made by George Hudson Homes of the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta and used by Berger Paints & British Paints of Rhodes for display and promotions of their exterior paint colour schemes. The George Hudson company was a pioneer of prefabricated building elements and buildings in Australia. Despite its association with modernism prefabrication has a long history in Australia. It was timber...

Summary

Object No.

88/892

Object Statement

House model, 1950s Australian suburban home, the 'St Ives', mixed media, made by George Hudson Pty Ltd, Cabramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1955-1956, used by Berger & British Paints, Alfred Street, Rhodes, New South Wales, Australia

Physical Description

House model, 1950s Australian suburban home, the 'St Ives', mixed media, made by George Hudson Pty Ltd, Cabramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1955-1956, used by Berger & British Paints, Alfred Street, Rhodes, New South Wales, Australia

Model of a free-standing suburban domestic Australian home of the 1950s. The house represents a double-gabled, triple-fronted weatherboard house with porthole garage doors. It is painted white with red 'tiled' roof and black gutters. The model is made of wood, masonite, chipboard, perspex and plasticine.

Dimensions

Height

480 mm

Width

1430 mm

Depth

1110 mm

Production

Made

Australia, Oceania 1955

Notes

In 1955 George Hudson Pty Ltd built two 'Ready-Cut' display homes at Mona Vale Road, St Ives at the corner with Kitchener Street. One of these was a new design the 'St Ives'. At this time it was company policy to name its products after Sydney suburbs.

The St Ives was similar to another Hudson house, the 'Warrawee', with the addition of an attached garage. Both houses are typical of 1950s suburban architecture, featuring a low-pitched gabled roof, a generous paved patio and large 'picture' and hopper windows and French doors to maximise views and access between exterior and interior.

History

Notes

This model was used by Berger & British Paints to promote its exterior paints and colour schemes. In this role it was frequently repainted in a variety of colours. Along with information on interior design and coloour schemes, George Hudson homes and designs were featured at Grace Bros Home Plans Service at Grace Bros' department stores during the 1950s, so it is possible that the model was orginally used in this context.

The model was lent to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1984 for display in the 'Sydney at your fingertips' exhibition at the Hyde Park Barracks. Prior to display the model was restored to its original white colour scheme.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Berger And British Paints, 1988

Acquisition Date

20 October 1988

Cite this Object

Harvard

Architectural model of St Ives, display home by George Hudson Pty Ltd, 1955-1956 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 January 2020, <https://ma.as/89090>

Wikipedia

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