Modernist Australia

Some could say Trish Callan of Modernist Australia is the guardian angel of Australia’s modernist architecture. What began in 2008 as a mission to raise the profile of mid-century architecture around the country, soon became a vital part of a niche but nation-wide movement to restore and protect heritage homes across Australia from development.

Trish and her partner Pete Bacaks have faithfully documented modernist homes week in, week out as they’ve hit the market, hoping to keep these distinctive properties in the right hands (or – more specifically, out of the wrong hands!). In the process, they’ve built a devoted community of mid-century modern enthusiasts across Australia.

It’s with a heavy heart that after 12 years, Trish is finally ceasing to operate the Modernist Australia website. She isn’t selling the domain name or handing the reins over to another editor. It’s simply that all good things must come to an end. SO, in honour of this sad but momentous occasion, we take a look back at some of the highlights Trish’s Modernist Australia column has brought us over the years, paired with her hilarious, insightful and informative write-ups. What an unbeatable combo!

Thank you, Trish, for all your work. We’ll miss you!

10th July, 2020



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