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The Architects of our Arts and Crafts style Houses in Australia

Arts and Crafts architects created some of the most thoughtful, beautifully crafted and inspired architecture in Australia's history.


Arts and Crafts Architecture

Between 1890 and 1930, a number of Australian architects and garden designers were heavily influenced by British and American Arts and Crafts movements.  

  • Arts and Crafts buildings are unpretentious and informal, evoking an atmosphere of comfortable familiarity.   

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Architects of Federation Housing in Victoria

Melbourne Architects

Architects Beverley Ussher and Henry Kemp were at the forefront of the development of the domestic Queen Anne in Melbourne and Australia.

Early buildings such as

  • Campion College (formerly Dalswraith) of 1906, (Studley Park Road, Kew) and

  • Woodlands of 1888 (Woodlands Street, Essendon)

were instrumental in the development of the style to suit the typical suburban form which reached its peak in the first decade of the twentieth century. 


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Victorian Architects Ussher and Kemp

Iconic Federation style architecture

Beverley Ussher and Henry Kemp were Melbourne Architects who formed a "brilliant partnership". Both Ussher and Kemp had strong Arts and Crafts commitments, and both had been in partnerships before forming their own.[1] 

Beverley Ussher (born Melbourne 1868; d Melbourne, 9 June 1908) and
Henry (Hardie) Kemp (born in Broughton, Lancashire, UK, 10 March 1859; d Melbourne, 22 April 1946) formed a partnership in Melbourne in 1899, which lasted until Ussher's death (1908).

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