Heritage Places

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Address 305 Young Street WAYVILLE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Unley Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Dwelling (former 'Amphi Cosma') built and designed by WC Torode
Registered Name Dwelling - Former 'Amphi Cosma'
Significance This house was built by the noted Adelaide builder Walter C. Torode for his own use in 1914. It is of particular interest because of its unique design and construction, a noteworthy feature being a central reinforced concrete pillar and a series of radiating beams. This method of construction was used to combat subsidence and cracking, which were likely given the nature of the soil. The central octagonal roof has been altered slightly. Though of little evident historical importance, except for its identification with Torode, this dwelling is of great architectural significance because of its unique design and method of construction. Torode was one of Adelaide's most innovative builders, as demonstrated in this home. It features unusual design and construction methods which attempt to combat a particular problem. The building is also an early example of the use of reinforced concrete. (City of Unley Heritage Survey 1985 Re-Assessment)
Subject Index Residential - House
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 27-SEP-1990
LGA Unley
State Heritage ID 10725
Heritage Number 3781
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5563/122 F10398 A21


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