Elizabeth Bay House
The finest house in the colony
With harbour views, sweeping staircases and spectacular landscaped gardens, Elizabeth Bay House was Sydney’s ultimate trophy home. Built for colonial secretary Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in Sydney, it was by all accounts the finest house in the colony. Yet it tells a familiar story: of ambition and passion, of riches to ruin.
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The finest house
In 1835 colonial secretary Alexander Macleay set about building the ultimate trophy house, a shimmering, classical styled jewel box, perched in rugged bushland on the northern side of present day Potts Point, high above Elizabeth Bay with majestic views across Sydney harbour and beyond
Conservation in action: Elizabeth Bay House external joinery work
We're undertaking external joinery conservation works to the front facade thanks to the funds generously donated by our supporters during the 2022 Annual AppealRead on