State Library of South Australia logo From the ground up
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

Exhibition Building: pediment
Title : Exhibition Building: pediment Exhibition Building: pediment
Add To My SA Memory
Source : Barnes, J. W., D 6058 (Misc)
Date of creation : 1886
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 255x625
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

The architectural drawing of the pediment for the principal entrance of the Exhibition Building by J.W. Barnes.A pediment is a low triangular gable above a cornice, and is used over doors, windows or porches. It would be used on classical style buildings.


This now demolished building on North Terrace was built to accommodate the Adelaide Exhibition in celebration of the colony's fiftieth birthday in 1887.

A competition was held to select the design for the building. The winning design was that submitted by EA Scott who was articled to the firm of Bayer and Withall. However his design was considered too expensive and the committee chose Withall and Wells's design instead and appointed them as architects for the project.

The builder was W Rogers and the cost of the works was 20,217 pounds.The building was finished in time for the June 1887 opening and the exhibition closed in June 1888.It remained in use for annual agricultural and horticultural shows until 1934 when these events moved to Wayville; the building was then occupied by the University of Adelaide and used partly for office space. Many thousands of students sat for examinations in its spacious hall. It was demolished in 1962 and its site is now occupied by the Napier building and an underground carpark.

Related names :

Jubilee Exhibition Building -- South Australia -- Adelaide

Period : 1884-1913
Place : North Terrace (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Internet links :
Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. From the ground up August 2004-



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on