History of Bayview Apartments

Bayview Origins

Architect designed by Hugo Stossel circa mid 1960’s, Bayview was built in Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay with other projects in the vicinity also by the firm. #hugostossell

Modernist architect (Modern Movement)

Hugo Stossel was a Hungarian architect who arrived in Sydney in 1938 ultimately registering to practice in 1947. He built the St Ursula apartments in Elizabeth Bay (1951) and other residential and commercial buildings.

Stossel & Associates was active throughout the 1960s, including contributing a scheme for the Sydney Opera, as well as other notable designs including:

  • Yarrabeen Gardens Darling Point 1957
  • Broadwaters and Yarranabee Gardens, Darling Point, 1958
  • St Ursula (5 Onslow Ave) angular block with curving facade
Hugo Stossel 1905 (Max Dupain)
Broadwaters and Yarranabee Gardens, Darling Point, (Max Dupain)
Opera House Competition Entry 1954 (Max Dupain)
Hugo Stossel
Bayview During Construction
Sydney Morning Herald 30 September 1967 p.47
Construction of Bayview Apartments, 1968

Many of Bayview’s apartments take in the views of treetops, historic buildings and the bobbing boats of Rushcutters Bay. Bayview offers an enviable lifestyle, boasting a desirable location within footsteps to cosmopolitan cafes, bus transport and popular Rushcutters Bay Park and central to Potts Point, rail and the CBD, making Bayview appeal to a wide range of house hunters.

Bayview @mid 1960’s

Source: Aicomos

History of Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay

Featuring exquisite waterfront views, ample parklands and sporting facilities, the Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay area is the perfect spot for locals to work out, chill out, play and picnic.

The area has a dense urban character. It comprises early villas, terrace houses, grand historic homes such as Elizabeth Bay House, Boomerang, Ashton, Kincoppal and Tresco, and twentieth century residential apartment buildings. The many notable apartment buildings of the area include Birtley Towers at 8 Birtley Place, Marlborough Hall at 4 Ward Avenue, and Meudon at 13 Onslow Avenue.

Roslyn Gardens: @1930
Rushcutters Bay Park @1930
History of Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay

It’s hard to believe that Rushcutters Bay Park was once considered a less than desirable place to visit 20 years ago. Today, the park is central to both the community and visitors alike, a thriving green space where children play on the sprawling green grass, families picnic in the warm sunshine with cool harbour breezes, dog walkers stroll, and cyclists and runners take advantage of the harbour-side pathways. With its stunning views, tennis courts, children’s playground, sailing club, and cafe, Rushcutters Bay Park is arguably one of the greatest recreation areas in all of Sydney.

Blackburn Cove or Rushcutters Bay?

Originally called Blackburn Cove, in the early days of the colony, the area saw much activity by convicts cutting reeds to be used as roof thatching. The area was known as ‘Rush Cutting Bay’, and we ended up with the current name: Rushcutters Bay.

Rushcutters Bay @1930
History of Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay

Rushcutters Bay Tram Depot

Rushcutters Bay Tram Depot was part of the Sydney tram and trolleybus networks and opened on 4 October 1898 Servicing the Wastons Bay route.

On conversion to electric trams, the depot went through extensive renovations in 1905, and later expanded to a further four full roads around 1913.

The depot included a winding and boiler house with the winding house built for the cable tramway from the foot of King Street to Ocean Street, Edgecliff.

In January 1934, the former winding house was redeveloped as a trolleybus depot. The trolleybuses subsequently left in 1948 with the depot closing on 9 July 1960. and later being demolished.

Rushcutters Bay Tram Depot @ 1954
History of Rushcutters Bay Tram Depot

Source: Wikipedia