• Jon Ruwolt

Ten Unique Tassie Houses

Updated: Aug 12, 2019


Arts and Crafts Houses in Tasmania are rare and different, and Waimea in Sandy Bay is Tasmania's most expensive home.


Waimea 42-44 Waimea Avenue Sandy Bay

Occupying one of the finest positions in Hobart, Waimea House is a Federation Arts and Crafts mansion set on 9726 square metres, with a pool, tennis court, and a smaller second residence with Art Deco influences, a vacant block in Waimea Ave and four vacant blocks in Quamby Ave.​


Waimea House, 42-44 Waimea Avenue Sandy Bay

"Waimea House had only been sold nine months earlier in 2011 for a record $6.06 million. Its latest buyer is the low-key investment banker Greg Woolley from Point Piper, Sydney, who lived at exclusive Point Piper, Sydney, in a house bought for $10.55 million in 2005."

Arts and Crafts style was always driven by architects, not builders. Prominent Tasmanian Arts and Crafts architects were:


Holm Lea, 25 West Bay Road, Rowella
  1. Alexander North, a renowned church architect, he was instrumental in forming the Tasmanian Association of Architects in 1905 – the precursor to today’s Institute of Architects. His featured homes are:

  2. Caretaker's Cottage, King's Bridge Launceston

  3. Holm Lea, 25 West Bay Road, Rowella

  1. Alan Cameron Walker ​ who developed a simple rural church in the Arts and Crafts style, St Raphael's (1892) at Ferntree, near Hobart, an early example of Arts and Crafts freestyle. A featured house which could be his design is:

  2. Greystanes, ​3 Melrose Court, Lower Sandy Bay

  3. Bernard Ridley Walker, a Hobart architect, who designed Markree in 1926 for Cecil Baldwin (1887–1961) and his wife Ruth (1878–1969). Markree is now a Tasmanian Art Gallery Museum and Garden:


Markree, an intimate house museum and garden, is one of Hobart's hidden treasures.

Markree was built in 1926 for Cecil and Ruth Baldwin. The house, collection and garden all reflect the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

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