Heritage Places

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Address 21 Blackhill Road HOUGHTON
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Adelaide Hills Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Houghton Union Chapel
Registered Name Houghton Union Chapel
Significance The Houghton Union Chapel is one of the earliest church, school and community buildings in the State, and has significant associations with the early religious development of South Australia. The Houghton Chapel was built cooperatively by members of the Wesleyan Methodist, Congregational and Episcopalian Churches in 1845, and was shared by them as a place of worship until 1874. South Australia was founded on principles of non-discrimination against dissenting denominations. Demonstrating the religious freedom the first settlers to South Australia enjoyed, the Houghton Union Chapel has significant associations with the distinctive early religious development of the colony, and in particular with the religious cooperation that prompted the construction of several multi-denominational or 'Union' Chapels. The building was also used as a local primary school from 1847 until 1877 and is one of the earliest examples of a building used for schooling prior to the standardisation of education in South Australia in 1875. The Chapel has been little altered for over 160 years, and thus provides a rare insight into early construction techniques and materials, as well as into the design of early church buildings.
Subject Index Religion - Church (Christian)
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 11-APR-2019
LGA Adelaide Hills
State Heritage ID 26493
Heritage Number 27759
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
b - it has rare, uncommon or endangered qualities that are of cultural significance
e - it demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5462/764 F3148 A2


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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