Young's Shoe Store

Young's Shoe Store

When C. J. Young’s Shoe Co was rebuilt in 1925-26 it was described in the Builder as “an artistic addition to the architecture of Rundle Street”.

The shop was rebuilt at the same time as those on either side belonging to Allans and Birks. Birks pharmacy on the corner of Rundle Street and Gawler Place grew to six storeys while the two shops of Allans and C.J. Young Shoe Co. became five-storey buildings.

At the time there was considerable rebuilding and refurbishing of many shops and offices in Rundle Street. Until 1920, Rundle Street was mostly composed of 19th-century two-storey buildings and a few recent three- or four-storey buildings. In the 1920s there was a dramatic upsurge in the quest for larger floor space. Across four town acre blocks (40-43) there were about 13 major redevelopment schemes between 1920 and 1936.

Novel methods were used to rebuild the shoe shop. So that business could continue, architects Chas W. Rutt and Lawson had to arrange for the top storey to be built first. This was done by implanting a number of girders into the walls of Allans and Birks. The selling department was on the ground floor and first floor, offices on the second floor, with a rest room for ladies and a garden roof on the top floor.

The building now consists of a retail shop on the ground floor.


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The building is an example of those of the 1920s that combined the proportions of early styles with restrained but high-quality detailing. The emphasis on the first floor recalls the Georgian style, as does the façade, which is dominated by the large bow window. The glazed brickwork of the facade is unusual for Adelaide and gives the building a distinctive appearance.

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Chas W Rutt amd Lawson
Building materials
Architectural styles
3.12 Inter-War Period (c. 1915–c. 1940), 3.13 Georgian Revival
1925 -
Architecture and design features
glazed bricks, gable, bow window
Engineering features
Rundle Mall
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
C J Young's Shoe Company
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Shop
AS2482 classification
11500 - Business: Commercial/Retail
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5890/463 F181823 A171
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
3.1 Economic Cycles
3.1.8 New Technology and City Development
3.5 Commercial, Marketing & Retail
3.5.4 Smaller Retail Establishments
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation


  • ACA, BSO, index, 22 July 1925, Digest of Proceedings, 17 July 1925; Builder, 16 December
  • 1925; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 81).

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