Amscol Terrace

Amscol Terrace

Under the heading “building improvements”, the South Australian Register for 2 January 1880 stated: “In Carrington Street eastward of Hurtle Square, Mr. Charles Wylde is building a nice terrace of nine two-storey houses, with verandah and balcony running the entire length and the whole surmounted by a neat parapet. The fronts are of Mitcham bluestone

This terrace, built in the boom period of 1876-82, is particularly prominent in its siting and design. It was erected for a draper, Wylde, and remained in his family until 1965.

The terrace is a strong visual element of Carrington Street. The separate identity of each house is suppressed by the parapet and large veranda/balcony that spans the entire facade. The composition of the terrace is centralised by the nameplate and pediment in the centre of the parapet. The architect was Daniel Garlick, although the design is not in the exuberant style of his Newmarket Hotel but rather is reminiscent of other quality buildings such as the complex erected for Bickford at the corner of Leigh and Currie Streets. The terrace was constructed by J. Roberts with whom Garlick was associated in this period. The building cost of £6200 was a considerable sum, indicative of its quality and finish.

When AMSCOL bought the property in 1965 the terrace became offices and storage until 1982, when it was renovated and converted for residential/office accommodation and the veranda/balcony restored. The terrace’s recycling is one of the most successful examples of a phenomenon arising from the renewed interest in city living and historical buildings.


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Hurtle Square is now the only city square to retain substantial numbers of terrace housing, a type of residential development that was relatively rare in the city of Adelaide even in the 19th century. Originally built as nine two-storey attached houses, Albert Terrace was one of the largest terraces erected in the city and remains one of the most important examples of its type.

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  • Amscol Terrace, 2014
Daniel Garlick
J Roberts
Building materials
Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1876 -
Architecture and design features
parapet, balustrade, balcony
Engineering features
South East Corner
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Wylde Family
Original occupant
Wylde Family
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, Terraces
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Exterior only
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5094/656 F14287 A17 CT 5317/39 F15374 A18 CT 5171/199 F9155 A13 CT 5091/698 F15374 A20 CT 5485/309 F15374 A19 CT 5485/291 F14287 A14
NTSA file exists
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
NTSA classified
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2 Peopling a city
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


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