House at 5-7 Brougham Place, North Adelaide

House at 5-7 Brougham Place, North Adelaide

This house, and its neighbour Taylor House, are important survivors of the redevelopment of Brougham and Palmer places which occurred around the turn of the century. They make a considerable contribution to the special character of the Brougham Place ridge.

The site was purchased by Charles Henry and Helen Augusta Goode in 1901. Plans for the building were approved by Council in November 1907. The house effectively commemorates the mercantile success of Goode and his company Goode Durrant and Co.

C.H. Goode was born in Herefordshire in 1827 and was apprenticed to a draper at the age of twelve. He arrived in South Australia in 1849 and entered into partnership with Thomas Good, opening a softgoods store in Kermode Street, North Adelaide. Goode was later joined by his brothers Samuel and Matthew, and in thirty years of commerce they built warehouses in Rundle and Grenfell streets and Stephens Place. The partnership of Goode Brothers was dissolved in 1882, C.H. Goode joining W.H. Durrant of London, the firm eventually becoming known as Goode, Durrant, Tite and Company. Branches were established in London, Broken Hill, Perth and Kalgoorlie, and the firm was considered one of the colony's leading business houses.

Goode represented East Torrens in the House of Assembly and was also actively associated with the Destitute Act Commission, State Children's Council, the YMCA, Flinders Street Baptist Church, North Adelaide Institute, the Belair Retreat, the Convalescent Home and the Adelaide Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society. He played an important part in establishing the Royal Institution for the Blind, and the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Mission. The Cyclopedia of South Australia commented ' . . . his truly catholic spirit leads him to extend his beneficence over many fields'.


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The house is an important example of federation period architecture. The architect has not been traced, but it is well detailed internally and externally, displaying a disciplined eclecticism in its combination of picturesque and classically derived elements. The fireplaces and overmantles are particularly significant in this regard. The relatively high integrity of the house is also seen in the survival of internal finishes - in particular, the imported walnut fire surrounds and the leaded stained-glass. The stair hall and internal planning in general are well-conceived and illustrate the interest of the period in the asymmetrical plan form.

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Building materials
Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915)
1907 -
Architecture and design features
oriel window, porch, balcony
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Charles Henry Goode, Helen Augusta Goode
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 5679/674 F183485 A213
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
2.4 City Dwellers: City, state and business leaders
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
Goode Durrant and Company
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation


  • ACA, Digest of Proceedings, 18 November 1907; Burgess, H.T., Cyclopedia of South Australia, Vol. 1, 1909, pp. 587-90; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 733).

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