John Verge, Architect

One of the earliest and most important practitioners of the Greek Revival in Australia. Verge brought a more comprehensive range of Regency style to Australia than any contemporary architect of his time. Most of his practice was in domestic architecture, in which he was the most prolific figure of his period in the country. A list contains more than eighty commissions, some trifling but many of considerable magnitude and local importance, suggesting that Verge was clearly the man the times required. His domestic buildings were the colony's high-water mark of the Regency style, in its austere stucco vernacular, and in this context he was one of the earliest and most important practitioners of the Greek Revival in Australia. A visit to Elizabeth Bay House is a must if you are here or visiting here in Sydney. @sydneylivingmuseums John Verge attributed to James Wilson, State Library of NSW