St Margaret's House, Coach House, Croquet House, Fence and stone walling

St Margaret's House, Coach House, Croquet House, Fence and stone walling

St Margaret’s demonstrates the attraction of the well-to-do to Park Lands frontages. It is an important example in the city of the few high-quality houses erected when South Australia was entering the depression of the 1890s. Beside the main house there is a former coach house and an impressive paved forecourt off Ward Street. The complex retains an integrity now rarely found.

It was erected in 1889-90 for the financier and developer Arthur Waterhouse, and additions were made in 1899. Arthur Waterhouse, as a notable financier, was involved in many of Adelaide’s commercial ventures, among them the rebuilding of the Majestic Theatre (now demolished) and a number of hotels, including the General Gordon (now the Griffins Head in Hindmarsh Square).

The buildings are well constructed of Tapley Hill bluestone contrasted with high quality brick dressings. The “squaring up” of bluestone to form the quoins is particularly notable. The architect was probably George Klewitz Soward, who designed a theatre and carried out hotel alterations for Waterhouse. Soward typically designed in the Gothic manner and St Margaret’s displays elements of the Gothic style, particularly in the interior and stairwell.


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The main house is prominent and impressively sited, a dominant element of the Brougham Place ridge and one that complements the group of buildings to the west forming Lincoln College. It maintains the two-storey residential scale of the area and, due to its corner site and largely original condition, is of great importance to this area of special character. The associated coach house and walling make a significant contribution to the character of Ward Street, while the elevation to Margaret Street is especially attractive.

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George Soward
Building materials
Brick, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.12 Free Gothic
1889 - 1890
Architecture and design features
George Soward, quoins, oriel window, string course
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Arthur Waterhouse
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5970/186 D70963 A103 CT 5970/184 D70963 A101
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 Economic Cycles
3.1.6 Mid-1880s Recession
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Digest of Proceedings 1888-90; Loyau, G.E., Notable South Australians,1885, p. 129; MLSA, Davies biographical cuttings 23/97, Historical photographs (Town Acre 735).

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