Gawler Chambers

Gawler Chambers

The South Australia Company played a major role in the foundation of the colony, and that of many industries, from whaling to banking and pastoral enterprises. This was built as its head office in 1913, on the same site as its earlier South Australian headquarters. It is one of few surviving tangible reminders of the company’s influence.

The building’s architectural importance is small in comparison with many other structures along the same part of North Terrace. It features some Art Nouveau aspects, with quality brickwork and cement dressings, characteristic of buildings of the Federation period. The façade design is functional, with crisp elements and an unusual crowning cornice.

Though it forms an important element of one of the most distinctive streetscapes of Adelaide, the building’s exterior has been compromised by the removal of balconies and the filling in of some of these openings. An additional storey was added in 1935.

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Significance

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The Gawler Chambers building is historically significant for it's association with the South Australia Company.


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Images of Gawler Chambers

  • Gawler Chambers, 2014
 
Architects
Builders
Building materials
Brick, Concrete
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915)
Construction
1913 -  

Additional Works

Storey Added

Description
Construction commenced
4/7/1935
Construction completed
4/7/2018
Architecture and design features
Art Nouveau
Engineering features
 
Precinct
Rundle Mall
Council Ward
Central
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
19
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
South Australia Company
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Office
AS2482 classification
11510 - Business House - Offices
Public Access
Business/trading hours
 
NTSA ID
State Heritage ID
13104
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
1266
RNE ID
1266
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5819/263 F216839 A95
NTSA file exists
No
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
Nil
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
3.3 Financing Adelaide
3.3.5 Company Headquarters
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies
ACHHK097
 

References

  • Donovan, Marsden, Stark, City of Adelaide Heritage Survey, 1981

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