Hampshire Hotel

Hampshire Hotel

This hotel was built in 1911 for F.J. Blades and W. Chambers, formerly of the Dragon Brewery, South Terrace. Designed by F. Kenneth Milne, a prominent Adelaide architect who began practising in South Australia in 1909, it replaced an earlier hotel. The present hotel is believed to be Milne’s first major commission.

Milne’s works are important to South Australian architecture. He brought influences from the eastern states that draw on the Arts and Crafts Movement and abstracted elements of Art Nouveau. His suburban bungalows and the Electricity Trust of South Australia office at Clare (1917) are example. After a later stay in Britain, Milne became proficient in the Georgian style. Arbury Park and his own house, Sunnyside on Stanley Street, are notable examples of this later phase.


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Though small, the Hampshire Hotel is one of the most distinctive hotels in Adelaide. Its asymmetry, the use of red brick, the extensive and unusual design of joinery to eaves, and the cantilevered balcony evoke the architectural revolution of the early part of the 20th century. The attenuation of joinery, paned upper sashes and leadlight windows are typical, although rare in commercial buildings at the time. The building is largely unchanged.

The Hampshire Hotel occupies a corner site, adjacent to a prominent church complex and opposite the former schools, all of which create a distinctive townscape character.

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Images of Hampshire Hotel

  • Hampshire Hotel, 2014
F Kenneth Milne
Building materials
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915), 3.10 Arts and Crafts
1911 -
Architecture and design features
F Kenneth Milne, leadlight, sash window
Engineering features
West End
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
W Chambers
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Hotel
AS2482 classification
10510 - Hotel - Motel - Inn
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5523/571 F100867 A19
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 registered
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
3.5 Commercial, Marketing & Retail
3.5.5 A City of Pubs
4.3 Development of the Building Industry, Architecture and Construction
4.3.2 Twentieth Century Architects
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation


  • MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre
  • 311); Page, M., Sculptors in space, 1986, pp.
  • 129-30.

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