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Vale Denis (John) Allen, 1926–2022

Denis John Wigram Allen – “John” to his family and friends – came from an old legal family, the founders of today’s international law practice known as Allens. Naturally, it was expected that John would follow in the family footsteps, and although he was accepted into the University of Sydney’s law faculty, he instead followed his passion for art, drawing and construction to become an architect, studying at what was then Sydney Technical College (now UTS).

As a fledgling architect, married and starting a family, John worked at Rudder Littlemore and Rudder, before his job was lost in the “credit squeeze” and construction slump of 1952. What John did next would define him as a man of courage, vision and perseverance. In an economic downturn, in a small flat next to his parents’ house in Edgecliff in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, he opened his own small architectural practice.

He quickly…

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