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Bank of South Australia, King William Street
Title : Bank of South Australia, King William Street Bank of South Australia, King William Street
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Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 21 x 16 cm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Bank of South Australia, King William Street photographed about 1880. The building is on the western side of King William Street between Hindley and Currie Streets.

The original Bank of South Australia building was located on North Terrace on land opposite the site reserved for Parliament House.

In 1866 the Bankof South Australia purchased a new site in King William Street, and commissioned a new building designed by Edmund Wright of Adelaide and Lloyd Tayler of Melbourne which was erected between 1875 and 1878. This ornate building in the French Renaissance Style, now known as Edmund Wright House, was the head office of the bank until 1892 when the Bank of South Australia was taken over by the Union Bank. By 1951 after various takeovers this Adelaide building became an asset of the ANZ Bank, until 1969 when it was sold to a Sydney developer who wanted to use the site for a multi-storey office block. There was an extensive campaign in the 1970s to save the building from demolition, resulting in the State Government purchasing it in 1971 and renaming it Edmund Wright House in honour of the prominent Adelaide architect.

An exceptional feature of this building is the amount of exceedingly intricate stone carving undertaken by celebrated Scottish sculptor William Maxwell and British painter and sculptor Joseph Durham. The most noteworthy carvings are heads of Mercury, Minerva and Winter on keystones in Gilbert Place and the coat of arms on top of the portico on the King William street facade.


Related names :

Bank of South Australia -- Buildings

Banks and Banking -- South Australia -- Adelaide

Edmund Wright House (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1880
Period : 1852-1883
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide edited by Susan Marsden, Paul Stark and Patricia Sumerling Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990

Edmund Wright House, [Adelaide]: History Trust of South Australia, [1999]

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