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May 26, 2021

What has become an almost annual event, MAD Saturday in Sydney, was delayed for a year due to Covid travel restrictions.

The usual MAD mob were happy to gather and explore some local architecture in the Northern Beaches area. This year included some Brutalist style architecture, featuring the Sulman award winning Dee Why Library (1966) and the Warringah Civic Centre (1973) both designed by architect Colin Madigan. Followed by a visit to St Kevin’s Catholic Church (Oaks Ave, Dee Why), also close by was the previous Surfrider Motel Dee Why (now apartments) which were designed by architect Nino Sydney.

A late afternoon walk at Avalon enabled us to see some existing (modified) Beachcombers in their natural environment. David and Helen then hosted a social evening at their immaculately restored Beachcomber: the photo shows the MAD mob on the lawn outside David and Helen’s Beachcomber at Avalon. Maya Sydney completed the evening with an old fashioned slide show of her family photos, and unknown projects by her father and architect Nino Sydney.

See you all again next year!

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