Turkish Baths - Wynstay Estate, Mount Wilson NSW - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson
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A heritage listed building situated in Mount Wilson, a place of beautiful rainforest and enticing gardens. This unique building is situated within the Wynstay Estate at the end of The Avenue, Mount Wilson.

It was the first property to be established in Mount Wilson, as early as 1875, by Mr Richard Wynne who established the Wynne Landscape & Sculpture Prize in 1895.

The building was in use for a few years for its initial purpose, as a Turkish Bath, but now partly restored is a very stylish building that features arched windows of stained and hand painted glass. The exterior features polychrome brickwork, Italianate decoration and an elaborate turret with cast iron finials and roof decoration

The Turkish Bath is an example of the Federation Free Classical style with an infusion of Italianate stylising. The bricks were made by Wynne. The building is in good condition and retains a substantial proportion of original fabric and integrity. Recent research indicates the Turkish Bath house was built (well) before 1890 for use by Richard Wynne’s wife Mary Anne, who had fallen into ill health and whose doctors had prescribed a course of Turkish baths. Mrs Wynne died in July 1889 of abdominal cancer (Previously it was assumed to have been built c1892). Surviving Turkish Bath Houses are extremely rare in Australia – Dunmore station in Western Victoria has one made of basalt, c1866 (Lewis, undated).

Wynne’s inventory of 1893 recorded the existence of the Turkish Bath, a house known as Wynstay and other buildings on the estate – unfortunately this 1893 inventory referred has never been sighted since. In 1893 drawings for a ‘Turkish Bath in the Italianate style’ were included in ‘The Settlement of Mt Wilson’ by Fraser, James & Mack. There is some doubt about the drawings of the Turkish Bath in that thesis. They were not drawn by architect Earnest H.Bonney but more likely by the authors. Recent research indicates the Turkish Bath House was built (well) before 1890 – probably in the mid 1880s for use by Richard’s wife Mary Anne, who had fallen into ill health and whose doctors had prescribed a course of Turkish baths. Mrs Wynne died in July 1889 of abdominal cancer (Design 5 Architects, 1999).
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Equipment : Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens
Technique: HDR 5Bracketted Exposures, Photomatix

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australia, blue mountains, turkish baths, nsw, world heritage, turkish, wynstay, mount, wilson, stained, glass philip, johnson, mt

Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

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Comments

  • Jeff Catford
    Jeff Catfordabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful glow. This is a PJ classic. Thank you.

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...about 5 years ago

    What a beauty.

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    I started to write “What a beauty”. Man, Lorraine already wrote it for me.
    Wonderful warmth and color to this.

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Philip.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Nice capture Philip, the lighting is perfect …

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 5 years ago

    Excellent capture and presentation Phil – I’ll manage to get inside this building sometime soon – its been closed the last two visits.

  • lol its worth a stop i have more from here i, including the bathroom , stunning glass

    – Philip Johnson

  • Marie Van Schie
    Marie Van Schieabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful, great presence :-)

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Philip!! :)

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful & fascinating narrative Philip!

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago

    wow..gorgeous!

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