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Freeman Street Congregational Chapel
Title : Freeman Street Congregational Chapel Freeman Street Congregational Chapel
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Creator : Murray, B.
Source : Architectural drawing of Freeman Street Congregational Chapel, D 7790 (misc)
Date of creation : 1922
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 545x750
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The first Congregational Chapel in South Australia was a provisional structure erected on Town Acre 5, on North Terrace. It was constructed of pine logs and reeds with a tent forming the interior. A design for a more permanent structure in Freeman Street (now Gawler Place) was undertaken by George Strickland Kingston with the land being donated by Mr John Brown in 1838.

The chapel was designed in the Ionic style, and its internal measurements were 18.6 meteres long, 12.19 metres wide and 7.62 metres high, and cost three thousand and sixty one pounds. The foundation stone was laid in December 1839 and the building completed in November 1840, but with a large debt which was an embararrassment to the minister Thomas Quinton Stow.

Stow was South Australia's first Congregational minister and served in Adelaide for 19 years. He died in July 1862 in Sydney, but was buried in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide and his name was commemorated in the new church in Flinders Street. With the opening of the new and larger church the old chapel served a variety of tenants until it was subsumed within the site of 45 Pirie Street sometime in 1987 when the ING Building was erected.

This drawing was done in 1922 by B. Murray.

Related names :

Freeman Street Congregational Church (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1922
Place : Gawler Place (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Page, Michael F Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986
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