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St. Peter's Cathedral
Title : St. Peter's Cathedral St. Peter's Cathedral
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Source : Woods Bagots Architects, BRG 18 item 63
Date of creation : 1890
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 555x375
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The original design of the cathedral was undertaken by English architect William Butterfield who favoured the cathedral being built in brick with extensive coloured banding and polychrome work, a style in vogue in England at the time. However, Bishop Short wanted stone. In order for this to occur Bishop Short purchased Butterfield's plans.These were revised twice by local architect EJ Woods from the firm Wright, Woods and Hamilton.

Despite the cathedral taking almost 40 years to complete from when Bishop Short laid the foundation stone in June 1869 the whole conforms to the original plan prepared by Butterfield. Butterfield's brickwork and polychrome work was replaced with ashlar sandstone and limestone masonry. The towers and spires were completed in 1902, and a Lady Chapel added in 1904.

The cathedral is built in the Gothic Revival style and is considered an important example in Australia. It has been constructed from Tea Tree Gully stone and has open supporting arches and several fine stained glass windows. Its position at the top of King William Road, North Adelaide gives it a commanding position in the Adelaide landscape.

The cathedral is listed on the Register of the National Estate and the South Australian Heritage Register.

Related names :

Woods, Edward John, 1839-1916

Coverage year : 1890
Place : King William Road (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Whitehead, John Adelaide, city of churches Magill [S. Aust.]: M.C. Publications, 1986
Creed and architecture [Adelaide: S.A.I.T. School of Architecture and Building, 1970]
Beaumont, David St. Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide : processes provenances and architectural schemes
Thesis (B.Arch.St.(Hons.))--University of Adelaide, Dept. of Architecture, 1998
Reed, T. T A history of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Adelaide Adelaide, S. Aust.: Lutheran Publishing House, 1983
Morgan, E. J. R Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886 Melbourne, New York: Oxford University Press [1969]
Page, Michael F. Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986
Turney, Barbara Adelaide, city of charm [Kent Town, S. Aust.]: Axiom Publishing, 1989
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