Fashion doyen Peter Weiss lists Woollahra cottage

Fashion doyen Peter Weiss lists Woollahra cottage
Title TattleDecember 7, 2020

The philanthropic fashion doyen Peter Weiss and wife Doris have 

listed their two bedroom Woollahra cottage.

They are spending more and more time entertaining up at their Palm Beach weekender, which has prompted the listing of their city bolthole.

Weiss, who helped define the Australian fashion scene in the 1980s and 1990s, bought the Woollahra cottage for $3.75 million in 2015 from the late composer Peter Sculthorpe.

It was a three bedroom home at the time.

It was set to become a music fellowship residence centre, in Sculthorpe's honour, however the plans didn't eventuate. Instead Weiss installed a lift to help him around what became their new abode.

He would however regularly host music events in the home's studio.

Sculthorpe had owned the charming three bedroom Holdsworth Street cottage sine 1976.

1st City agent Simon Doak has a pre-Easter auction scheduled for early April.

The Weiss' have long entertained at their many Palm Beach homes they've owned over the years.

Their Whale Beach Road property saw the bigger parties, but they sold that for $4.1 million in 2006.

They later owned the Peter Muller-designed pavilion-style home on Bynya Road, which they sold for $3.6 million four years ago to upgrade to a waterfront.

They spent $10 million on the home of rag trader turned farmer Gordon Smith, who had the home renovated by Walter Barda in 2010.

Weiss is a longtime lover of the arts.

Born in 1935 in Vienna, Peter came to Australia in 1939, brought up in a musical family where from childhood he had a passion for playing the cello.

He was among the first members of the Art Gallery on New South Wales Foundation when it was established in 1983 and was made a life governor of the gallery in 2009.

Through the 1990s he sponsored concerts at St James's Church in Sydney. He was one of the early sponsors of a 'chair' in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

His $1 million donation established the Instrument Fund of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, then in 2016 he bought the ACO a 1729 Guarneri cello.

He donated the Corbousier Tapestry to the SSO and Opera House.

Weiss used to spend time in the Southern Highlands back in the day, but sold Wollumbi, their French countryside farmhouse, for just shy of $15 million in 2015.

This article first appeared in The Daily Telegraph.

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