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G.& R. Wills & Co Ltd.
Title : G.& R. Wills & Co Ltd. G.& R. Wills & Co Ltd.
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Source : South Australiana Database
Date of creation : 1878
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 240 x 185
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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G & R Wills & Co. Ltd. building on North Terrace photographed in 1878. The building was designed by Wright, Woods and Hamilton in 1865 and extended from Rundle Street (now Rundle Mall) to North Terrace. Construction was quoted at 2600 pounds, but increased during construction to 3890 pounds. The building included a large cellar.The building was refaced and greatly extended to a design by Daniel Garlick in the 1870s. The facades are of ashlar sandstone walling and cement dressings. Corinthian pilasters, quoins and parapets complete the building which overall incorporates Renaissance design elements with Italianate flourishes.

G & R Wills were a merchant firm which played a significant role in the commercial development of South Australia. G & R Wills traded throughout Australia and opened a buying house in London in 1859. The firm prospered and moved into these premises in 1867.
The building is listed in the South Australian Heritage Register.
Related names :

G. & R. Wills & Co. Limited

Wright, Edmund W. (Edmund William), 1824-1888

Woods, Edward John, 1839-1916

Garlick, Daniel, 1818-1902

Coverage year : 1878
Period : 1852-1883
Place : North Terrace (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990
Wills, (G. & R.) G. & R. Wills & Co., Limited, 1849-1936 [Adelaide, 1939]
Queale, Michael Adelaide's architecture and art: a walking guide Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1996
Page, Michael F. Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986
The Gallerie opens a whole new dimension to shopping Advertiser, 31 July 1979, p. 10
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