House at 238 Grote Street, Adelaide

House at 238 Grote Street, Adelaide

This subdivision is an example of early twentieth century city subdivision and development. Built for R.E Ruthven Smith, of whom little is known, it was built between 1903 and 1905 at a time when the economy was emerging from the 1890s depression. It was designed for citizens of limited means.

Before building began on town acres 317 and 318, land belonging to the Catholic Church and R.E Ruthven Smith was transferred to the Corporation of the City of Adelaide for the continuation of Gray Street through to Grote Street.

The houses are constructed of bluestone (possibly Tapleys Hill) and dressed with red-brick. Although the integrity of the subdivision is somewhat disrupted by development at 236 Grote Street, it is an important feature of the western end of Grote Street.

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Although not of major architectural interest, it does represent a significant departure from terrace development with a form much more akin to suburban building programs, with a combination of detached and semidetached units, as well as rather more complex roof forms.


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Images of House at 238 Grote Street, Adelaide

  • Semi-detached Houses at 238-248 Grote Street, 2014
 
Architects
Builders
Building materials
Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915)
Construction
1904 - 1905
Architecture and design features
brick dressings, timber joinery
Engineering features
 
Precinct
West End
Council Ward
Central
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
317
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
R F Ruthven
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Private residence
 
NTSA ID
3618
State Heritage ID
13402
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
1351
RNE ID
1351
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5868/612 F181138 A296
NTSA file exists
Yes
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
1984/11/06
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
4.4 Residential Development, Building Types and Living Conditions
4.4.1 Subdivision and Residential Development
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation
ACHHK116
 

References

  • ACA, Digest of Proceedings, 16 November 1903, 21 December 1903, 26 April 1905.

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