Brisbane Open House
9 Burchell Street, Carina
Saturday // 10am to 3pm (closed 12-1pm)
General access (self guided)

Enjoy a glimpse into 1960s life and design at Eisenmenger House, with its modernist Queensland architectural style and cool interior, featuring original Australian mid-century designer furniture.

The Stella Heights Estate is located in an elevated position near the intersection of D’Arcy Road and Creek Road, Carina. This residential subdivision dates from 1959 and contains substantially intact housing stock of early 1960s dwellings, some of which were architect designed. Located within the estate is Eisenmenger House, a charming and attractive example of 1960s modernist architecture and interior design, designed by architect Barry Walduck and built in 1961 for the Eisenmenger family.

Current owners, Chris Osborne and Susan Bennett purchased the house purchased the house in 2002 and quickly began a major project to restore the house to its original state, basing their restoration work on a newspaper photograph from the early 1960s.

The house is well orientated on the block with a solid western wall facing the street; this also eliminates heat and noise and maintains privacy. The glass eastern facing wall allows the lounge to fill with natural light, catching winter sun and summer breezes, with access via large sliding glass doors and windows. It features a walkway – affectionately referred to as the “gallery” – above the back of the kitchen that leads to the bedrooms but also provides a view over the entire lounge room and outside deck area. A range of original mid-20th century modernist decorative items and furniture, including Featherston chairs, fill the living areas.

Almost the entire back yard is taken up with a distinctive wedge or `pie’ shaped swimming pool of enormous interest to guests, who can overlook it from the shaded outdoor area, covered by an extension of the original roofline, a concept created by architect Robyn Booth.

Eisenmenger House is characteristic of a number of smaller houses Barry Walduck designed during the 50s and 60s. Another interesting example of Walduck’s architecture is St Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 1 Wickham Terrace. If longevity is a key point in determining the success of a piece of architecture, the adaptive life of the modest Eisenmenger house has indeed been a triumph.

Edited extract from Brisbane Modern Magazine issue #1: The Eisenmenger Party House, by Carmen Keates (Courtesy of Chris Osborne www.australianmodern.com.au) Featured also in Hot Modernism Queensland Architecture 1945 -1975 (page 142) and Australian Modern Design Mid 2 Century Architecture and Design (page 16-19).

Tour Tips

No wheelchair access // Not suitable for children under 12 years

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Eisenmenger House

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Original: 1961 // Restored: 2002
Barry Walduck