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Exhibition Building, South Elevation
Title : Exhibition Building, South Elevation Exhibition Building, South Elevation
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Date of creation : 1887
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 286 x 217
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

This spectacular building on North Terrace was built to accommodate the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition held in celebration of the colony's fiftieth birthday in 1887.

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

The builder was W Rogers and the cost of the works was 20,217 pounds. The two storeyed building was in a formal classical style with stucco decorations. The semicircular 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 tetrastyle or four columned portico.

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.

In its architectural history, Adelaideonly ever 'achieved' two 19th century domes one being the Exhibition Building which is now demolished and the Adelaide Arcade. You can view the Adelaide Arcade dome from the Rundle Mall side.

Related names :

Jubilee Exhibition Building (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

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