The Honourable Boyle Travers Finniss lived in one of these terrace houses from 1880 to 1882. Finniss arrived in South Australia in l836. He was assistant surveyor to Colonel William Light with whom he established a land agency and surveying business in 1838. Among other things, this business was responsible for the design of the town Gawler. Unlike Light, who died soon afterwards, Finniss' career continued to be influential in the public affairs of the colony. He was in turn, chief draftsman, commissioner of police, registrar- general and treasurer, first premier of South Australia, first government resident in the Northern Territory, member of the House of Assembly from 1857 to 1862 and again in 1868 and 1876, and member of the Legislative Council from 1847 to 1857 and in 1873. During his residence in Archer Street in 1881 he resigned from the civil service with a view to writing The constitutional history of South Australia which was published in 1886.
The terrace is of less architectural significance than Böhm and Dolphin terraces, also in Archer Street. However, such terraces are comparatively rare in Adelaide. This example, although austere and relatively standard in form, has added interest in the use of balconettes supported on decorative cast-iron brackets and with 'swag bellied' balustrading. The use of half-paned French doors is relatively unusual in buildings at this time.