House at 68-70 Lefevre Terrace, North Adelaide

House at 68-70 Lefevre Terrace, North Adelaide

These houses were built for Henry Steiner as part of a speculative development in the mid- 1880s. They were constructed as part of a group deliberately pitched to attract wealthy and prominent tenants to one of the main upper-class residential streets in North Adelaide. Early tenants, R. Raphael and V. Lawrence, were both prominent men in city financial circles.

The building was designed by architect Joseph English. This building (part of an important group) is highly representative of the boom period house with large projecting bay windows, asymmetrical plan form, and flamboyant detailing, although its integrity has been compromised by the removal of balcony roof and of associated cast-iron decoration from the fence*. There have also been a number of alterations at ground floor level.

The building relates well in detail and scale to similar buildings along Lefevre Terrace and forms the northern end of a coherent group of three similar buildings (61-63, 64-67 and 68-70 Lefevre Terrace). The detailing and plan form of this building in relation to the two others in the group emphasises the ‘book-end’ function of this building in the group.

  • The balcony roof and associated cast iron decoration to the fence were reinstated in 1996.


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These houses are historically and aesthetically significant as an example of wealthy residential styles.

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Building materials
Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
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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
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 5784/950 D53799 A50 CT 5784/951 D53799 A51
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, Assessments; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 870); Page, M., Sculptors in space, 1986, pp. 85, 157.

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