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Moore's department store
Title : Moore's department store Moore's department store
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Source : Jackman Gooden Architects, BRG 238/1/263A
Date of creation : 1910
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 445x655
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

This building known since the 1980s as the Sir Samuel Way building houses Adelaide's Local District Courts but the visitor would find it hard to believe that the building was once a department store. Arthur Garlick and Herbert Louis Jackman were commissioned by Charles Moore to build this department store in Victoria Square in 1911. The building is made of reinforced concrete and was opened in 1916. Moore established his retail business in Victoria Square in the 1880s, breaking away from the city's retail centre in Rundle and Hindley Streets.

The building is allegedly modelled upon the famous Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette.
English architect William Lucas designed the central staircase. Unfortunately, a disastrous fire in March 1948 destroyed much of the original fabric of the building, and left only the classically styled facade and the grand staircase, both which survive intact today.
When the building was remodelled in the 1980s for the district courts, a terracotta tiled roof and dome were added.
The building is listed on the Register of the National Estate and the South Australian Heritage Register.
Related names :

Charles Moore & Company

Period : 1884-1913
Place : Victoria Square (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
Queale, Michael Adelaide's architecture and art: a walking guide Kent Town, S.Aust.: Walekfield Press, 1996
Charles Moore & Company The grocery catalog Adelaide: The Company, 1917
Sir Samuel Way Building [Adelaide: Govt. Printer, 1983]
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