St Andrews - House, coach house and fence

St Andrews - House, coach house and fence

St Andrews is one of Adelaide’s grandest and most impressively sited residences. It was built by James MacGeorge in 1861-62 and a new wing added in about 1881.

MacGeorge was an architect of some note. In the late 1850s he had a sizeable practice embracing all the developed areas of the colony. Time has taken a heavy toll on his designs. Maughan Methodist Church in Franklin Street, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Flinders Street, the Savings Bank of South Australia in King William Street and the first part of the Congregational Church on Jetty Road, Glenelg, have all been either demolished or altered beyond recognition.

In 1880 St Andrews was bought by David Murray, one of Adelaide’s most successful merchants at the time. Murray arrived in South Australia in 1853 and soon after started up D.&W. Murray, a drapery business. The firm expanding into wholesale warehousing and shirt and boot making. Later, it opened offices in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Launceston, Townsville, Rockhampton and Broken Hill.

David Murray became chief secretary in the Downer government, and was closely associated with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Young Men’s Christian Association in Adelaide. He donated the David Murray library to the South Australian School of Mines.

The house was occupied by C.R.J. Glover, first lord mayor of Adelaide, in 1919 and then his son Sir John Glover, lord mayor of Adelaide from 1960 to 1963.

In about 1881 the western wing was built in a style sympathetic to the original section. The house still contains the earliest section, built of limestone rubble, with dressings strongly picked out in well-detailed brickwork. The design incorporates interesting and relatively unusual architectural features, such as pilasters to openings and the mansard roof. This roof form gives it a distinctive French appearance, reinforced by the Baroque touch in the western wing, where curved extremities emphasise the projecting first floor. The arcaded loggia is also a distinctive component.


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The architectural significance of this house dominates Stanley Street, complementing Nurney House to the west. Both houses make an important contribution to the character of Kingston Terrace.

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Images of St Andrews - House, coach house and fence

  • St Andrews - House, Coach House and Fence, 1984
James MacGeorge, Edward Woods
Building materials
Brick, Stone, Limestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.10 Romanesque
1870 -  

Additional Works

West Wing Built

When David Murray bought property
Construction commenced
c. 11/4/1880
Construction completed
Architecture and design features
James MacGeorge, Edward Woods, slate roof, loggia
Engineering features
Lower North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
James MacGeorge
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Opening hours only
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5147/452 D12749 A1
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
2.4 City Dwellers: City, state and business leaders
3.1.5 Farming Boom
C J Glover, Library, Willard Hall
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments; Bagot, WH., Some nineteenth century Adelaide architects, 1957; Burgess, H.T., Cyclopedia of South Australia, Vol. 1, 1909, pp. 584-6; South Australian Homes and Gardens, 1 October 1948, pp. 36-37.

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