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Exhibition Building
Title : Exhibition Building Exhibition Building
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Date of creation : ca. 1886
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 286 x 217 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Exhibition Building, North Terrace. This spectacular, but now demolished building on North Terrace was built to accommodate the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition in celebration of the colony's fiftieth birthday in 1887. The grandeur of the building was a symbol of the colony's progress and booming economy before the recession of the late 19th century set in.

A competition for the design was organized. EA Scott who was articled to the firm of Bayer and Withall submitted the winning design. However this was considered too expensive and the committee chose instead Withall and Wells's design and appointed them as architects for the project.

The two storeyed building was in a formal classical style with stucco decorations. The semi-circular headed windows on each floor were separated by pilasters, and an imposing dome crowned the centre section. The only major difference between the completed building and Withall and Wells's drawing was that the three centre doors were protected by a portico with four pillars, or tetrastyle.

The building was finished in time for the June 1887 opening and the exhibition closed in June 1888. The building had various uses before its demolition in 1962.

Related names :

Jubilee Exhibition Building (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1886
Place : North Terrace (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
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