Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 202-220 Victoria Square ADELAIDE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan ADELAIDE Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Torrens Building
Registered Name Torrens Building
Significance The Torrens Building is one of the State's most notable surviving purpose-built Government office buildings. Completed in 1881, it was the largest public building of its period and one of the largest buildings in the city. Other government office buildings of comparable significance that are State Heritage Places are the former Treasury Offices in King William Street and the Adelaide Railway Station. It is the first building erected on the site and was used continuously for Government Offices for over a century. Notable occupants have included the Registrar-General and the Public Works Department and its successors. The building is also of architectural significance as the best remaining example of Renaissance Palladian style architecture in Adelaide, that quality reflecting the significant role of government agencies in the development of the State. If assessed under the current Heritage Act the Torrens Building would meet criteria 'e' and 'g'.
Subject Index Government - Office Building
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 28-MAY-1981
LGA Adelaide
State Heritage ID 10895
Heritage Number 1624
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5896/686 D27841 A5


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.

In the majority of cases, the maps of State Heritage Places on this web site show the footprints of the most significant structures on a registered Place. However, sometimes they simply indicate the complete area of land comprising the Place. Work is proceeding to further refine the mapping of such places. It is also important to note that development control is not limited to the registered structures but extends to their setting and structures nearby (what is termed ‘development affecting’ a State Heritage Place). Hence it is vital that exact details of the listed place and implications for any proposed development be discussed with Heritage South Australia staff, as they cannot be deduced solely from the information on this web site. The inclusion of a place in the SA Heritage Register gives no right of public access. Permission to visit properties must be sought from the owners. The accuracy of the mapping of State Heritage Places is not guaranteed. Please contact Heritage SA ( https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/sa-heritage-register) if you believe there is an error.

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