Carlyle Greenwell

Carlyle Greenwell (16 March 1884 – 7 February 1961) was an Australian architect whose houses, designed in the first half of the 20th century, are often heritage-listed. He was also a philanthropist who made bequests to the University of Sydney funding research in Anthropology and Archaeology.

Carlyle Greenwell - Architect
Killara Uniting Church, 9 Karranga Avenue, Killara, New South Wales, Australia (2010-12-04) 01.jpg
Uniting Church, Killara, Sydney
Born(1884-03-16)16 March 1884
Died7 February 1961(1961-02-07) (aged 76)
PracticeKent Budden & Greenwell
Budden & Greenwell
Greenwell & Shirley

Early lifeEdit

Greenwell was born in Windsor and was educated at Newington College (1897–1901).[1][2]

Architectural careerEdit

Greenwell studied architecture at Sydney Technical College because there was no university architecture course available in Sydney, but also attended architecture lectures in the Engineering Faculty at University of Sydney. He later studied at the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a B.Sc.(Arch) in 1911.

65 Woodside Avenue, Strathfield.

Before studying abroad, Greenwell had been articled to the firm of Kent & Budden, and in 1912 he joined them in partnership as Kent Budden & Greenwell. During this time, Greenwell designed a number of now heritage-listed houses for family and friends in Strathfield, New South Wales and Killara, New South Wales. His design for a substantial domestic dwelling in Woodside Avenue, Strathfield, is characteristic of his houses of this period. Another notable design showing his distinctive rough-cast stucco columns is 'Terhyn Worthle' which was featured in "Domestic architecture in Australia" edited by William Hardy Wilson (Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1919). These homes had elements of the Federation Arts and Crafts and Federation Bungalow styles.

After the departure of Harry Kent, the firm became known as Budden & Greenwell. In this period, Greenwell designed the Inter-War Gothic-styled Killara Congregational Church, which later became the Killara Uniting Church; the Woolloomooloo 'Bay Mothers and Wives Memorial to Soldiers' [1] and the 'Harrison House' (now Weis Restaurant) in Toowoomba.[3] In 1931, while in partnership as 'Greenwell & Shirley', Greenwell designed the 'Norman House' in Vaucluse.

Personal lifeEdit

At the age of 53, Greenwell married Sibyl Enid Vera Munro Morrison, a divorcee who was the first female practising barrister in New South Wales, at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church on 16 March 1937.[4]

War serviceEdit

Greenwell served as an Army Officer in both World War I[5] and World War II.


Greenwell died at Collaroy, New South Wales, on 7 February 1961. His estate funded the 'Carlyle Greenwell Research Fund' at Sydney University for student research, field work and original literary work in Anthropology.[6] A substantial bequest to the Art Gallery of NSW included works by George Lambert, Sydney Long, Kenneth McQueen and John Passmore. Over many years he was also a major donor to the Australian Museum.


  1. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp78
  2. ^ "NEWINGTON'S HERALDIC BADGE". The Sun (Sydney) (3093). New South Wales, Australia. 27 September 1920. p. 8 (CABLE EDITION). Retrieved 17 August 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Weis Restaurant Archived 6 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography
  5. ^ "Carlyle Greenwell". The AIF Project. Retrieved 10 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Greenwell Bequest