Deepacres Apartments and rear garage

Deepacres Apartments and rear garage

This residential complex was erected in 1941-42 for Jennifer Jolly and is one of few such groups of flats erected in this period.

The flats were designed by Jack Hobbs McConnell and were perhaps the earliest and most integrated residential example of this style erected in South Australia. It is interesting to compare this with the building now known as 'Felicitas Flats' in Wellington Square. The latter illustrates the extent to which the South Australian building industry could adopt aspects of the style termed the 'Modern Movement'. For the Felicitas Flats the designer compromised the form of the roof by using the traditional hipped tile-clad roof, while Deep Acres is a forthright illustration of contemporary architectural thought. 'Modernism' is expressed in 'Deep Acres' by the relative austerity of external planar surfaces, the flat roof, metal windows, asymmetrical planning and integration of external and internal spaces. The Modern Movement was surrounded with self-justifying dogma which was later debased and is now largely discredited as a design philosophy but its importance to twentieth century architecture is undeniable.

McConnell came from Victoria to Adelaide in 1937 to work for architect Philip Claridge to assist in the design of the Bank of New South Wales premises on the south-east corner of King William Street and North Terrace. Deep Acres was McConnell's second South Australian designand one independent of partnership with Claridge. Shortly after, he designed his own home at Springfield in a similar fashion and it was featured in South Australian Homes and Gardens in 1946. From McConnell's partnership with Colin Hassell came designs in the 1960s for the Festival Theatre and the north and south precincts of Flinders University at Bedford Park, the State's second university.


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Deep Acres remain an important group in Melbourne Street. They appear externally original and demonstrate significant changes both in European-influenced architectural design and in city living.

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Images of Deepacres Apartments and rear garage

Jack McConnell
Building materials
Architectural styles
4 Post-War Period (c. 1940–1960), 4.3 Modern
1941 - 1942
Architecture and design features
Flat Roof, Metal Windows, asymmetrical
Engineering features
Lower North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Jennifer Jolly
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, Apartment
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Private residence
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5044/999 S358 U15 CT 5044/990 S358 U6 CT 5044/997 S358 U13 CT 5044/985 S358 U1 CT 5044/998 S358 U14 CT 5044/996 S358 U12 CT 5044/995 S358 U11 CT 5044/994 S358 U10 CT 5044/993 S358 U9 CT 5044/987 S358 U3 CT 5044/988 S358 U4 CT 5044/989 S358 U5 CT 5044/992 S358 U8 CT 5044/991 S358 U7 CT 5044/986 S358 U2 CT 5045/1 S358 UCP
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
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
4.4 Residential Development, Building Types and Living Conditions
4.4.1 Subdivision and Residential Development
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation


  • ACC, Digest of Proceedings, 8 September 1941; South Australian Homes and Gardens,
  • March 1946; State Heritage Branch, Item reference 6628-13555, 4 February 1986.

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