Street facade of the Bolin house, photographed in the early 2000s (David Gray).

211 Scenic Highway, Terrigal, NSW, 1973

Designed for a former Woollahra Council town planner, F. D. Bolin, this three-bedroom holiday house was Snelling’s last-known building. Now altered substantially, it was a functional, split-level design with sloping roofs incorporating a north-facing clerestory.

The clerestory transmitted sun into the south-facing bedrooms and the central staircase zone. Off this staircase were the dining room to the west, the living area to the east, and a large playroom in the northeast corner; these ground-level zones opened to small courtyards. The living area incorporated a substantial stone indoor-outdoor fireplace and barbeque. Externally, the building materials were face brick, vertical timber panelling, sandstone for the fireplace, and glass. A carport and storeroom were tucked beneath the upstairs bedrooms.

  • East elevation and section drawings of the Bolin house (David Gray).


—Gray, David. Personal communications, ca. October 2002.

—Sydney: SLNSW MLMSS 8801/01, architectural drawings.