North Adelaide Private Hospital

North Adelaide Private Hospital

This house, originally of one storey and known as The Bungalow, was built as Frederic Ayers’ residence in 1877-8. A son of premier Sir Henry Ayers, he was a significant figure in his own right as a barrister, attorney and solicitor. Ayers lived at the house from 1878 until his death in

1897. The Right Honourable S.J. Way described him as “a man without personal ambition, whose integrity and high character were without blemish, and whose loss we all unaffectedly deplore”.

The house’s corner location seems to have inspired its distinctive form. It has a large verandah to three faces, an asymmetrically placed bay window, and a porch to the main entrance. The interesting porch is almost identical to the one at Montefiore, which was partially rebuilt to the design of architect William McMinn (1844-84).

A later architect, Walter Bagot, claimed that one of McMinn’s designs was Ayers’ house at Lefevre Terrace “with an entrance porch of quality”. Bagot was responsible for the house’s later enlargement, in 1926, when Chas. Hammond built an additional storey for Dr Henry Gilbert. It then became known as Henry Gilbert Private Hospital.

The building is distinctive because of its scale and massing, and the porch and main entrance, notable for their detailing. The surround to the main entrance is of high quality, as are the stuccoed enrichment to niches and window surrounds. The verandah has a simple cast-iron frieze, spandrels and columns complemented by cast-iron ridge work.


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This very distinctive building reinforces the character of Lefevre Terrace, that of grand dwellings built to command a view over the parklands.

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William McMinn, Edward Woods
Building materials
Iron, Cast iron, Stone, Sandstone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1877 - 1878
Architecture and design features
stucco, Bay window, porch, frieze, spandrel, column
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Frederic Ayers
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
15010 - Hospital
Public Access
Limited public access
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5493/721 F183637 A365
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
2.4 City Dwellers: City, state and business leaders
3.6 Professional Services
3.6.2 Early Hospitals and the Medical Profession
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Smith Survey 1880; Bagot, W.H., Some nineteenth century Adelaide architects, 1958, p. 3; Hannan, A.J., The life of Chief Justice Way, 1960, p. 152.

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