Theo Heywood Felstead 2 3
- Born: 2 Feb 1907, Claremont, WA 4 5
- Marriage: Private in 1939 in Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia 1
The architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, both worked in the office of the American Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, where they gained an appreciation of the principles of organic architecture. In 1912 Walter Burley Griffin was awarded first place in the international competition to design Canberra, a new national capital city for Australia. Walter Burley Griffin arrived in Australia in 1913 to supervise construction of his winning design, his involvement with this project was over by 1918.
In 1919, the Griffins established the Greater Sydney Development Association (GSDA) and purchased 650 acres of land at Castlecrag for the sum of 25,000 pounds with the aim of developing the site as an exclusive harbour front residential enclave. The land was subdivided and some allotments sold at public auction. Marion Mahony Griffin privately sought owners for other allotments. The GSDA placed a covenant on the sale of sites in Castlecrag to ensure a consistency of architecture.
Walter Burley Griffin designed over 40 speculative houses for Castlecrag, the majority being large and lavishly finished to cater for the intended affluent clients. Only 14 residences were completed of which 13 remain. Of these, only the Fishwick house and Felstead house were built to the scale and budget, which allowed Griffin to fully, develop many of his design ideas.
Theo married Private