Raffles House is a famous architecture in Australia and the oldest surviving structure of modern architecture in Australia, located in The Rocks area of Sydney, on the corner of Russell Street and Hunter Street. Constructed between 1820 and 1830, it is a fine example of Greek revival style and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.
The house was designed by the architect Francis Greenway. Greenway was the younger brother of Sydney architect Francis Greenway. It was built for merchant William Hornby, the father of the wealthy Sydney merchant Henry John Hornby. Hornby acquired the lot in 1820 for A₤75.
The house was the home of Henry John Hornby and his wife Harriet from 1820 until 1848. Harriet Hornby was a niece of William, the younger brother of Francis. Francis Greenway died in 1833.
In the 1870s, the house was home to Lord George Smith, former governor of New South Wales, and his family. It was rented out until 1973.
The house was acquired in 1973 by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, which now rents out the rooms to individuals and to hire for functions, weddings and more. The building also contains a theatre and serves as a performance venue for musical groups.
Category:Buildings and structures completed in 1820
Category:Grade II* listed buildings in Sydney
Category:The Rocks, New South Wales
Category:Sydney central business district
Category:1820 establishments in Australia
Category:Francis Greenway buildings
Category:Greek Revival architecture in Australia
Category:New South Wales State Heritage Register
Category:Former bank buildings in New South Wales of Greece, and the partial seat of the Greek-Russian Mixed International Commission.
An ongoing project in the City of Kastoria is the construction of an exhibition and study complex dedicated to the famous Battle of Kastoria of 1821. 0b46394aab