House at 147-159 Hill Street, North Adelaide

House at 147-159 Hill Street, North Adelaide

This house was built following the subdivision and sale of land associated with the Roman Catholic Church of St Laurence. The site was sold by the Catholic Church Endowment Society Inc., to Helena Russell Good in 1899, plans being approved by Council in July of that year.

Helena Good's husband was architect Charles Thomas Good and so probably the house was designed by him. He was South Australian-born but had his training in Birmingham, followed by a period of work experience with Osborn and Good, and with George Vigars in London.

On his return to Australia, Good worked on his own then set up in partnership with David Williams in 1889. They designed a country house for George Maslin at Jamestown, the Kalyra Sanitarium at Belair and numerous private homes.

The design of the house makes excellent use of its prominent corner location employing an octagonal tower set at the angle of the return veranda. The high quality of stucco work, complemented by well detailed joinery, elevates the design above the standard usually set by the commonplace asymmetrical plan form. The intaglio of stylised floral decoration is of particular interest, its crisp stucco detail contrasting well with the sandstone masonry.


show more


[edit | edit source]

This house is of particular architectural and environmental significance, defining the Park Lands edge of North Adelaide at the corner of Hill Street and Mills Terrace.

Connects with

Related places
Related people
Related organisations
Related events
Related things

See also

Images of House at 147-159 Hill Street, North Adelaide

Charles Thomas Good
Building materials
Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915), 3.8 Queen Anne
1899 -
Architecture and design features
tower, stucco, asymmetrical
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Helena Russell Good
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Private residence
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5555/304 F183327 A865
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
4.4 Residential Development, Building Types and Living Conditions
4.4.1 Subdivision and Residential Development
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Digest of Proceedings, 31 July 1899; Burgess, H.T., Cyclopedia of South
  • Australia, Vol. 1, 1909, p. 542; Dolman, W.J., contemporary photographs.

Further reading

External links

Something to add or share?

blog comments powered by Disqus