• Palmerston (St Ives) house, photographed in 2005.

8 Killeaton Street, St Ives, NSW, 1955

Built on weekends by Snelling’s Functional Products business partner, Terry Palmerston and wife Daphne, this house at St Ives was influenced by the Hay House, which had been built in the same street while the Palmerstons constructed another Snelling-designed house on Pentecost Highway, Turramurra.

Like most early Snelling designs, this Palmerston floor plan incorporated stone-paved outdoor terraces; to the north and east of the north-facing living and dining areas and central kitchen.

To emphasize the indoor-outdoor flow, indoor circulation zones were paved with the same flagstones used for external terraces. Roughly square in layout, the house included three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the south side, with entry from a carport adjacent to the northwest corner of the building. These facilities were installed under a roof that was flat across the front half of the building, then fell toward the north terrace as a sun-screen.

The open-plan living-dining area was divided by a double-sided fireplace of rough-hewn sandstone, tapered on one side. The kitchen was cork-floored, with stainless steel benchtops including the sink. Cabinetry, including yellow doors with green handles, was not built to Snelling’s usual standard or style, and the white, freestanding appliances were inferior to Snelling’s usual imported Thermador stainless steel ‘integrated’ models.  Furniture included Snelling line chairs and a red sofa. 

Sources

—Collins, Sue. Personal communications,  ca. February 2004.

—Dayman, Patricia. 1956. ‘They built the outside … in!’, Australian House & Garden, May, pp. 16–17.

—Jansen, Emile. 2019. personal communications.

—Palmerston, Vicky. Personal communications, 1 October 2002.

—Woman. 1956. ‘Backed by tall timbers’, 1 October, pp. 40–41.

Note

Thanks to new information provided in 2019* we have identified that the Palmerstons built not one but two Snelling-designed houses for their family, using drawings by Snelling's early associates, Peter MacCallum (Turramurra house, 1951, SLNSW) and Emile A. Jansen (St Ives house, drawings presumed 1953-54 but not located). Sources: Emile Jansen (son of Emile A. Jansen) and Sue Collins (daughter of Terry and Daphne Palmerston).