House at 82-86 Franklin Street. Adelaide

House at 82-86 Franklin Street. Adelaide

This block of three houses is one of the most well-mannered, if austere, examples of housing of the 1860s in Adelaide. Its distinctly urban architectural composition is unusual as the houses are unified as a block by the continuous cornice, parapet line and the rhythmic pattern of openings. Built directly on the pavement alignment, these former houses are also important because they show the nature and concentration of housing in South Adelaide before its residential decline.

These houses were built in 1867 for Samuel Hart, merchant, to complement an adjoining development to the east of Young Street. The South Australian Register of 6 January 1868 records that 'three superior houses have been built for the late Mr S. Hart by the contractor, Mr Tapson from the designs of the architect, Mr D. Garlick. The walls are of Glen Osmond stone, with raised quoins vermiculated above the string course'.

Assessments reveal that the land at the corner of Young and Franklin streets was vacant in 1866 but by the end of 1867 was occupied by three houses valued at £50 each.

Hart died in 1867 and the property was transferred to John Stuart Sanders and John Bullock in 1869. John Bullock and his son F.W. Bullock (a later part-owner) were partners of the prominent auctioneers, land and estate agents, Messrs Bullock and Co. F.W. Bullock, who was associated with the property from 1878-80, was a mayor of Adelaide from 1891-92.

The block is also of interest as an early example of the recycling of buildings in the city. It was successfully converted to offices in the 1960s. With the Hotel Franklin, it forms an important group in Franklin Street and is notable for its largely original exteriors. The cast- iron enriched veranda balcony, balconettes and blind windows considerably enliven the streetscape.


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These houses are historically significant as they reflect a unique residential style.

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Building materials
Iron, Cast iron, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1861 -
Architecture and design features
Engineering features
Victoria Square- Tarndanyangga
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
James Dimsdale
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
11510 - Business House - Offices
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5026/328 S7865 U1 CT 5026/329 S7865 U2 CT 5026/330 S7865 U3 CT 5026/331 S7865 UCP CT 4311/167 F25139 A2
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
NTSA registered
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2 Peopling a city
2.2.1 Early Colonial Settlement
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Smith Survey 1880; Burgess, H.T., Cyclopedia of South Australia, Vol. 1, 1909, pp. 444-5; Morgan, E.J.R., & Gilbert, S.H., Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886, 1969, p. 44; Observer, 5 December 1891.

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