Metropolitan Hotel

Metropolitan Hotel

This hotel is of some historical significance because it was built in 1883 for L. Penaluna who had owned the earlier Metropolitan Hotel on the eastern corner of Penaluna Place and Grote Street. The present hotel was owned by his descendants until 1979. The hotel grew in piecemeal fashion over many years in a manner typical of many Adelaide hotels.

The two storey building is similar to many of Adelaide's hotels being dominated by a typical balcony and chamfered corner entrance and constructed of bluestone rubble. Overall the hotel has a remarkably coherent composition, linked by a consistently detailed cornice. The building displays an unusual veranda balcony to Pitt Street. Early additions to the hotel were carried out in sympathy with the original building. The visual integrity of the hotel is high except for relatively recent shopfront alterations to the eastern portion.

The tender notice of architect, F.W. Dancker for the Metropolitan Hotel appeared in the South Australian Register 17 August 1883, ' . . for building an hotel of 25 rooms in Grote Street'.

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Significance

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The hotel makes a significant contribution to its environment because of its location and its important facades in two streets. The scale reinforces that of much nearby development, and the original detailing complements the upper decoration of the adjacent Her Majesty's Theatre.


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Images of Metropolitan Hotel

  • Metropolitan Hotel, 2014
 
Architects
Builders
Building materials
Iron, Cast iron, Render, Stucco, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.9 Italianate
Construction
1883 -  

Additional Works

Alterations

Description
Construction commenced
7/4/1909
Construction completed
7/4/2020

Veranda

Description
Construction commenced
7/4/1912
Construction completed
7/4/2020
Architecture and design features
balcony, corner
Engineering features
 
Precinct
West End
Council Ward
Central
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
308
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
John Penaluna
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Hotel
AS2482 classification
10510 - Hotel - Motel - Inn
Public Access
Business/trading hours
 
NTSA ID
3692
State Heritage ID
13409
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
1317
RNE ID
1317
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5404/729 F181205 A363
NTSA file exists
Yes
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
1984/11/06
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
3.5 Commercial, Marketing & Retail
3.5.5 A City of Pubs
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies
ACHHK097
 

References

  • ACA, Annual report 1909, p. 74, Assessments, Digest of Proceedings, 19 October 1908; Faull, J., & Young, G., People, places and buildings, 1986, pp. 99-104; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 308); South Australian Register, 17 August 1883.

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