Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 287-300 North Terrace ADELAIDE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan ADELAIDE Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Ayers House and former Coach House/Stables and Wall
Registered Name Ayers House, Coach House and Front Garden Wall
Significance From 1855 to 1897 Ayers House was the family home of notable South Australian colonist Sir Henry Ayers (seven times Premier of South Australia and President of the Legislative Council for 13 years). The house has special associations with both his business and political career and signifies his wealth and status in the social structure of South Australia during that time. It is a grand nineteenth century residential building representative of the domestic lives and accoutrements of the very wealthy in Victorian Adelaide. It is also a reminder of a time when North Terrace was one of Adelaide's premier residential addresses. Constructed in stages between c 1848 and 1876, the house was progressively enlarged and embellished by Ayers, with the final stages being completed to the design of architect G S Kingston in 1875-76. The internal paint finishes of Ayers House demonstrate a high degree of creative, aesthetic and technical accomplishment and are of significance as a likely example of the work of decorating firm Lyon, Cottier Ltd, which had offices in London, Scotland, New York and Sydney. The extensive stencilled and hand finished decoration in Ayers House is probably the work of their employee, Scotsman Charles Gow. Ayers House is one of the few South Australian houses to retain such excellent design and workmanship in internal painted decoration. (Adapted from McDougall & Vines Ayers House Conservation Plan 1999, and Danvers Architects Pty Ltd Conservation Plan 1990)
Subject Index Residential - Large House; Miscellaneous - Fence, Gate or Wall; Residential - Coach House [Residential]; Recreation and entertainment - Museum; Residential - Stables [Residential]
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 24-JUL-1980
LGA Adelaide
State Heritage ID 10849
Heritage Number 1337
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5927/883 D61170 A500


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

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