Last weekend, Hobart hosted an “Open House” event. Various buildings, were open for the public to explore.

“Dorney House”, one of Australia’s great modern houses, sits high on a hill on top of the abandoned 1904 Fort Nelson, with panoramic views of the city, the river and Southern Ocean.


Architect, J. H. Esmond Dorney built 3 versions of this house, in similar circular, open plan designs. The first house, built in 1949 was situated on the now empty southern gun emplacement. The second was built in 1966. Both of these homes were destroyed by bush fires. The current house was built in 1978.


It was a privilege to visit inside the now unoccupied home and grounds and to have a personal tour by the son of the the architect.