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New premises for L Conrad Esq
Title : New premises for L Conrad Esq New premises for L Conrad Esq
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Source : Albert S. Conrad, PRG 891/1/2 Sheet 4
Date of creation : 1900
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 640x890
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Originally called the Austral Stores, this building was designed by Albert Conrad for his father, Leopold, who ran a successful butcher and small goods business. The building was designed for 12 shops with living accommodation on the second storey. This image shows internal side and rear elevations.

The Advertiser of 11 April 1903 wrote â?¦The general character of the work is a conventional rendering of Byzantine architecture, with a scheme of decoration on characteristic Eastern forms, a pleasing combination of colour being afforded by the adoption of red tinted bricks, and stained cement dressings, with a roof covering in terra cotta tiling.

In 1908, J Grant leased the building, from which he operated a "coffee palace", a popular alternative to hotels after the growth of the Temperance Movement (to learn more about this movement please see Religion: Mission). John West took over the business in 1919, changing the name to West's Coffee Palace which it is still known as today in spite the complex being used as administration offices, currently by ArtsSA. Designed in the ornate Edwardian Style of the time, the building is an important landmark in Hindley Street.

Related names :

Austral Stores (S. Aust.)

Conrad, Albert Selmar, d. 1946

Conrad, Leopold, 1838-

West's Coffee Palace (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Period : 1884-1913
Place : Hindley Street (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
Jensen, Elfrida Colonial architecture in South Australia: a definitive chronicle of development 1836-1890 and the social history of the times Adelaide: Rigby, 1980
Morgan, E.J.R Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886 Melbourne, New York: Oxford University Press [1969]
Queale, Michael Adelaide's architecture and art: a walking guide Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1996
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