House at 53-56 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide

House at 53-56 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide

North Adelaide's Park Lands frontages provided a very fashionable address, and well-to-do families who took up residence there during the nineteenth century prospered further by constructing houses similar to their own for sale or rental to other wealthy families.

George Catchlove built such a house next door to his own, designed in a similar but less ebullient style by the same architect, Rowland Rees.

The house was soon afterwards occupied by the Dominican Prioress, then Lady Milne, its owners in later years including Mrs Lilian Kither and professor of law, W.J. Brown.

While the design of this building is restrained (particularly for Rees) its quality workmanship and detailing are evident. The facade of squared, coursed, bush-hammered Tarlee bluestone is unusual and contrasts well with the bluestone rubble side walls. The asymmetrical composition is characteristic of Italianate villas of the time. There are rectangular heads to openings and an unusual treatment of cast-iron enrichment, especially cresting to guttering and the cantilevered balcony.

The building is in good order despite an enclosed porch and a new external tubular steel staircase.


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It is a vital element in the character of this part of Strangways Terrace and is 'paired' by Catchlove's adjoining Parramatta Villa. It contributes greatly to a notable Park Lands frontage.

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Rowland Rees
Building materials
Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.6 Filigree
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Architecture and design features
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
G H Catchlove
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 5729/411 F183196 A734
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 Peopling a city
4.3 Development of the Building Industry, Architecture and Construction
4.3.1 Architects and Builders
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Digest of Proceedings, 27 February 1882; Observer, 22 October 1892; South
  • Australian Register, 6 January 1882.

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