North Adelaide Fire Station

North Adelaide Fire Station

This was built as a shop for John Lammey in 1866 just as Tynte Street was developing its high street appearance with the construction of public and commercial buildings, Lammey’s financial commitment to it is reflected by the number of mortgages he took out during the 1860s and 1870s. Eventually he 1880s depression resulted in a foreclosure by Garlick and Acraman in 1887.

Designed by Daniel Garlick in 1866, the building is of considerable architectural note. Measuring 30 feet by 40 feet in depth, it consisted of a shop front with a living room at the rear and living quarters on the upper floor.

After 1887 the building was occupied by several people until 1904, when plans were approved for alterations for a fire station and the ground floor was greatly altered. This was a notable event in its own right, reflecting the expansion of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Service that had been founded in 1882.

The upper floor is largely original and displays restrained classical detail. The french doors, pediment and cantilevered balcony are crisply detailed. It is useful to compare this with Garlick & McMinn’s design for Queen’s Chambers in 1869 and Garlick’s design for 150-154 Rundle Mall in 1887, which show a progressive elaboration of facades and decoration. This building illustrates the more restrained and academic architecture that prevailed before the peak of the boom period in the 1870s and early 1880s.

The North Adelaide Heritage Group have recently converted the Fire Station into a boutique inn, offering three suites within the building.


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The fire station is a strong visual element of Tynte Street, repeating the scale and detailing of the large public and commercial buildings in Tynte Street west. The recent conversion to a boutique inn has not altered the significance of the building.

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Daniel Garlick
Building materials
Iron, Cast iron, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.6 Filigree
1866 -  

Additional Works

Converted to Fire Station

Construction commenced
Construction completed
Architecture and design features
pilsater, pediment, quoins
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
John Lammey
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Limited public access
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 6087/546 D49184 A50
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
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
4.1 Development of City Services
6.4.4 Community and Service Organisations
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


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