House at 64-66 Lefevre Terrace, North Adelaide

House at 64-66 Lefevre Terrace, North Adelaide

This building consists of two semi-detached residences, part of a major redevelopment carried out during the mid-1880s by Adelaide jeweller Henry Steiner.

The houses were built about 1882-83 within a row of superior residences built specifically for wealthy and prominent tenants on one of North Adelaide's most fashionable terraces. They were probably designed by Joseph English who was the architect responsible for the design of the semidetached houses on each side; all of them were built for Henry Steiner during the same period. English was well-known in his own right and as the son of architect Thomas English. J.W. English continued the partnership of English and Soward, started in 1877, which continued under that name until 1936, a year before his death. During that era the firm became principally engaged on ' . . . large solid homes for prosperous people', and these particular houses are excellent early examples of that work.

The integrity of the building appears to be very high. The cast-iron balustrading, frieze and spandrels to the balcony and fence are also intact. The building is very important to the streetscape of Lefevre Terrace as the centrepiece in this group of three of the Steiner development (61-63, 64-67 and 68-70 Lefevre Terrace).


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This building is highly representative of the boom period with extravagant stuccoed detail and bold form emphasised by the shared gable and continuous veranda/balcony which unites the two residences and unifies the composition. It is one of the largest of this type to survive in the city.

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Joseph English
Building materials
Iron, Cast iron, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.6 Filigree
1882 - 1883
Architecture and design features
spandrel, frieze, balustrade, balcony, stucco
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Henry Steiner
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 5545/207 F183780 A508 CT 5783/95 F183779 A507
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
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
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 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Digest of Proceedings May 1882; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 870); Page, M., Sculptors in space, 1986, pp. 85, 157.

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