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Author(s) Wilson, Andrew and Reilly, Angela

Title ‘Reflections on an enduring partnership’

Date 2005

Wilson, Andrew (Ed.), Hayes & Scott: post-war houses, St Lucia, Queensland:


The University of Queensland Press, pp. 2-17.

ISBN 9780702235061; 0702235067



Reflections on an enduring partnership Andrew Wilson and Angela Reilly 2 Falls House, Hamilton, by Chambers and Ford designed by Edwin Hayes, 1936 1 Hayes House, 1946 3 Architectural firm of Hayes & Scott: Campbell Scott, Edwin Hayes, John Dalton, Ian Charlton, George Henderson (text on back of photograph) 2


In St Lucia, Brisbane, the most remarkable architect- instigated revolution occurred. By 1950 this area contained not merely the greatest concentration of progressive buildings in Brisbane; it had nearly every progressive building in the State. St Lucia had attracted the younger architects after the war for obvious reasons. It was high, richly wooded and unexploited. Most sites surveyed a wide view of the twisting Brisbane River. They sold for a few hundred pounds each, despite the fact that they were within three miles of the city.

An architects’ colony grew up. They built for themselves and their clients in a manner seldom seen before in Brisbane. The traditional elevated timber house was lost. It was not always replaced by something more logical or more suitable for the climate... White, blinding in Queensland’s sun, was rarely used. Pale pinks, greys, light and dark olive greens in broad floods of paint soon made St Lucia one of Australia’s most colourful suburbs.

—Robin Boyd 1952 1 I n his book Australia’s Home, Melbourne architect and architecture critic Robin Boyd gives an account of the development of St Lucia, a suburb adjacent to and including the University of Queensland. He singles out the work of Hayes & Scott for comment. In this passage he writes as though architects designed all houses in the suburb. He dismisses most architects

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1. Robin Boyd, Australia’s Home: Its Origins, Builders and Occupiers, Melbourne:

Penguin, 1968, pp. 203–4 (first published by Melbourne University Press in 1952). This passage is based on the article ‘A housing revolution is taking place in Brisbane’, written with Peter Newell and published in Architecture, July 1950.

Boyd also refers to Hayes & Scott in The Walls Around Us, where he compares “some well known houses at Surfers Paradise by Hayes and Scott” to the Villa Savoie by Le Corbusier. Here he is probably thinking specifically of the Herford House (1958). It is reminiscent of the Villa Savoie in elevation.

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3. These architects had projects illustrated with the article ‘A housing revolution is taking place in Brisbane’. This is a rather curious account of the history of architecture in Brisbane. No mention is made of any architects practising at the time the article was published, even Hayes & Scott.

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7. The office had a series of manila folders full of projects torn out of magazines labelled by architect. Architects singled out were Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Charles Eames, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Eero Saarinen, Richard Neutra, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. They also had a manila folder labelled “Miscellaneous” that contained indigenous housing examples from locations such as the Middle East and Africa.

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12. Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions, New York: Macmillan, 1899, Chapter 4: Conspicuous Consumption.

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12 Frazer House, 1950 13 Critchley House, 1959 14 Zlotkowski House, 1967


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