Shop and house at 160 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Shop and house at 160 Hutt Street, Adelaide

This corner shop was built in 1866, together with the adjacent Victoria Terrace on Hutt Street. The development passed to W.H. Ehmcke and later to W.H. Gray, both noted property developers in the city. It is also of interest as it underscores the nature of mid-19th century residential areas (see also Victoria Terrace).

Heinrich Wilhelm Ehmcke was a German migrant who arrived in South Australia in 1848. Trying his hand first at farming and then at the Victorian goldfields, Ehmcke later established his own sawmill and timber yard in Hindmarsh Square. In the 1870s until his death in 1877 he owned the popular Tivoli Hotel. It had an established German clientele and was well known for its music hall entertainment. Ehmcke was a member of the very popular choir, the Liedertafel, which did much to foster German sentiment and culture.

W.H. Gray, a large land speculator throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory, bought the Hutt Street shop, then owned by Maria Ehmcke, in 1877. He owned land in the city of Adelaide, where he had built homes for rent and also hotels – including the Foundry, the Buck’s Head, the Yorke Peninsula and the Ship Inn.

William Gully designed and built a shop and 10 houses in Hutt Street during 1866. The brick shop and is quite elaborate, whereas the adjoining Victoria Terrace is built of bluestone in a much plainer style. However, the rear section of the shop is of similar design and scale to the adjoining Victoria Terrace.

The building now operates as Chianti, a very popular restaurant.


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This building is a typical 19th-century Adelaide commercial development, with its corner site, chamfered corner entrance and elaborate stucco work.

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  • Shop and House at 160 Hutt Street, 2014
William Gully
Building materials
Brick, Render, Stucco
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.6 Filigree
1866 -  

Additional Works

Area of street rebuilt to the designs of J G Beavor

Construction commenced
Construction completed
Architecture and design features
balconette, parapet, arch, chamfre
Engineering features
South East Corner
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
H W Ehmcke, W H Gray
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Shop, Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
11550 - Restaurant - Cabaret - Nightclub
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5192/73 F108188 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
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2.2 Immigration
2.2.3 German Settlers
3.1 Economic Cycles
3.1.4 Discovery of Gold in Victoria
3.5 Commercial, Marketing & Retail
3.5.4 Smaller Retail Establishments
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Digest of Proceedings, 10 November 1885; Hasenohr, E., W.H. Gray, 1977, p. 264; Loyau, G.E., Notable South Australians, 1885, p. 274. MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 436); South Australian Register, 21 January 1867, 6 September 1877, 24 October 1885.

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