Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 226 Fullarton Road GLENSIDE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Burnside Council
Polygon Type P - parcel (from DCDB)
Details (Known As) Former "Z" Ward, Perimeter Trench, Wall and Gates - Glenside Hospital
Registered Name Former "Z" Ward, Perimeter Trench, Wall and Gates - Glenside Hospital
Significance Z Ward has high social significance as the only remaining example in South Australia of a 19th century institutional complex specifically designed for the care of the criminally insane. Its form demonstrates the prevailing 19th century philosophical approach to the care and accommodation of the mentally insane and its architectural manifestations, which are evident in the ornamental polychrome detailing and its rural setting, which were thought to be beneficial to the welfare of patients. It is also of architectural significance for its style and composition. There are few examples of large polychrome brick and stone buildings in South Australia, and this is an excellent example of the type. Its design and construction under the direction of Edward J Woods, Government Architect, and the degree to which it reveals his hand, add to its architectural significance, which is further reinforced by the aesthetic quality and technical importance of its detailing. The interior of the building remains largely intact. It is rudimentary, almost devoid of ornamentation. Its simplicity, cellular layout and large mustering walls clearly demonstrate the prison-like design and conditions which prevailed at the time. The building incorporated many advanced technological features of the time, such as fireproof construction, in-built ventilation systems, and the other use of structural ironwork. Nevertheless, the building is not of high technological or scientific significance, and represents little advance upon the technological detailing of the original Asylum building at Glenside, constructed some 15 years previously. The high cultural significance of the Z-Ward building complex resides principally in its architectural character and planning, its association with noted architect E J Woods, and the rarity of polychromatic brick and stonework in South Australia. (Condensed from Conservation Study 1992)
Subject Index Health - Psychiatric Hospital; Miscellaneous - Fence, Gate or Wall
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 23-SEP-1982
LGA Burnside
State Heritage ID 16191
Heritage Number 8387
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 6137/618 D44216 A4,CT 5871/561 D44216 A4


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