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A butler in tails admitted the intimidated Hunt and led him through a substantial foyer to join Douglas, who was visiting the mansion’s owner, Carlos Zalapa, the prominent Mexican businessman, diplomat and gourmand. After farewelling Zalapa, Snelling settled Hunt in his Chevrolet coupe and drove to his own upstairs apartment in a more modest house at Balfour Road, Rose Bay. Here, he was running his architectural practice alone and being housekept by Stella Kemp, who lived downstairs with her council labourer husband, Harry, and a young daughter. After a brief talk, with Hunt showing drawings from some of his student projects, Snelling agreed to hire the youngster to work with him at Balfour Road—tackling a variety of current shopfitting projects. Hunt recalls: When we were working at Balfour Road, he seemed lonely. He had a number of beautiful girlfriends—he particularly liked models—but he didn’t seem to have his life in order. He seemed to need my company and we became very close. He’d get to the end of the day and he’d say: ‘well, the sun’s over the yardarm; let’s have a drink’. So we’d spend the evening drinking and talking—he would often talk about his previous life, and especially his experiences in Hollywood. He was very proud of being Errol Flynn’s stand–in for one of his films. In the mornings, he would go into town to have a cup of coffee with a group of architects, older guys, who met at a coffee shop in Hunter Street. Then he’d come back and we’d work together on a lot of projects—at this time it was mainly commercial interiors like the American Express and Matson Lines offices at Berger House in the city, the Music Masters record store in Brisbane, owned by Theo Kelly’s father, shops for Fletcher Jones ... Doug would come up with a concept, or sometimes we’d develop a concept together. Once he got the design all concentrated, it would be my job to document it and get it built. He would handle all the meetings between the builder and client and all the managerial aspects. I dealt with the nitty–gritty on–site detailing. I remember Doug insisted on doing all his documents at a very fine scale of a quarter inch to the foot—when other architects only did one–eighth of an inch to the foot. So his details were blown up more and were more carefully considered. One day, he came back to the office and said ‘John, I’ve done a deal’, subject to approval, to buy the old stables being subdivided from Sir Mark Sheldon’s old estate, Trahlee, in Kambala Road, Bellevue Hill. We went and had a look and his block of land included the old horse and carriage stables, example). Another characteristic was extensive use of built–in cabinets made of stained timber, almost always made with rebated door pulls instead of screw–on handles, and often designed to conceal useful fittings and appliances. For example, some of his childrens’ bedrooms contained a Neutra–inspired fixture: a square corner radiogram cabinet, accessed from above by removing a lid, accompanied by daybeds aligned along the two perpendicular walls. The Architecture and Arts award earned Snelling a major colour pictorial feature on the Kelly House 1 in The Australian Women’s Weekly of 20 June 1956, following smaller articles in local design magazines. In mid–1958, Architecture and Arts returned to this residence, listing it as one of the top 20 Australian housing projects built since the Second World War. Other New South Wales architects honoured in this review were Harry Seidler (three projects), Peter Muller (winner of the magazine’s House of the Year Award in the year after Snelling), Sidney Ancher, Neville Gruzman and Theodore Fry. Victorian architects included Roy Grounds, Frederick Romberg, Robin Boyd and Peter and Dione McIntyre & Associates. In 1989, the historical importance of the Kelly House 1 was cemented by its inclusion in a significant survey exhibition, Domestic Architecture in Sydney 1950s and 1960s, curated by Michael Crayford for the Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Western Sydney. Other 1950s houses included were Sydney Ancher’s 1950 house for himself at Gordon, Peter Muller’s 1956 Richardson house at Palm Beach and nine houses by Harry Seidler. In the mid 1950s, Snelling was confident not only of his talent but of now occupying a respected place in an elitist profession. In February 1956, his perspective sketch for a Mosman house (commissioned by radio broadcaster Keith Smith) was published on the cover of Architecture and Arts. In July that year, the magazine also featured his new booking office fitouts for Pan American Airways and the Matson Lines (cruise ships); both at Berger House in Elizabeth Street. Associates say he was proud that he had qualified to join the Royal Australian Institute of Architects without parental support or a tertiary education. However, he could no longer rely on Nancy to underwrite his costs. He employed a new associate: John Hunt, then a recent graduate of the part–time diploma of architecture course at Sydney Technical College and son of a working class (‘potatoes and peas’) family in Sydney’s western suburbs. On answering Snelling’s advertisement, he was directed to ‘a huge house’ on Old South Head Road in Woollahra, DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 60 61 1955–1966 1940–1955