Top: Arched opening to the living room. Above: The main facade and reinstated verandah, with a fountain as centrepiece of the gravel drive.
Built in 1899 on originally extensive grounds at Wahroonga, on Sydney’s upper north shore, Redleaf is a substantial Arts and Crafts villa recognised as a notable early work of Howard Joseland, a founding partner of Joseland and Gilling.
During several reigns of ownership, the house was unsympathetically altered by the addition of a large room on the ground floor, enclosing of verandahs, closing of doorways and the introduction of inappropriate openings and false ceilings.
The present owners, who are patrons of the arts, sought to restore the original character of the house as a showplace for their significant collection of antiques and paintings. Emphasising restoration rather than reconstruction, the architects recreated original paint colours and wallpapers and specified carpets, upholsteries and curtains in appropriate patterns.