Russell S Ellis: Pioneer Modernist Architect

Louise Bird (2006/7 DEH Built Heritage Research Fellow)

Research on Pioneer Modernist Architect Russell S Ellis

Ellis house at Netherby

Image: Residence, Netherby, Russell Ellis Architect, Ellis collection, S89/24/2

As one of the pioneers of modernism in South Australia, Russell S Ellis (1912-1988) was an important figure in the state’s mid-twentieth century architectural history. Although Ellis’s repertoire was expansive, his ‘forte’ has been described as residential design. He was responsible for some of the best examples of Modern homes in South Australia as well as period or conventional designs; in them he achieved a balance between the requirements of his clients and his own ‘avant-garde’ designs and philosophies.

A PDF (1.8MB) of the Architecture Museum monograph Russell S Ellis: Pioneer Modernist Architect by Louise Bird (2007) can be found HERE.