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Title : Art Gallery of South Australia Art Gallery of South Australia
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Creator : Scott, Jenny, photographer
Date of creation : 2006
Format : Photograph
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Description :

View of the North Terrace facade of the Art Gallery of South Australia, photographed in 2006. Banners are promoting the current exhibition.

The original purpose-built gallery on North Terrace completed in 1900 is constructed of Murray Bridge stone over a base of Auburn bluestone. It is of the classical revival style.

The impetus for the government to build the gallery came from a large bequest from Sir Thomas Elder in 1897 of 25,000 pounds.

The original facade of the building with an enclosed portico gave the gallery a mausoleum like appearance. In 1936 when the gallery was renovated and extended it included a new more open facade with a Doric portico which is what we see today, together with a vestibule and exhibition wing.

The gallery has seen several periods of extensive building development including the addition of a three storey airconditioned addition on the north side of the building in 1962. It underwent extensive refurbishment and extension most recently in 1996. Again these were on the northern side of the building, leaving the 1936 front unchanged.

The gallery is listed in the Register of the National Estate and in the South Australian Heritage Register.


Related names :

Art Gallery of South Australia

Period : 2001-
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Peddle Thorp Architects, Proposed additions to the Art Gallery of South Australia, [Melbourne?]: Peddle Thorp Architects, 1990
SA Museum redevelopment: heritage study prepared by Public Buildings Department, [Adelaide]: The Dept., 1980
Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide edited by Susan Marsden, Paul Stark and Patricia Sumerling, Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990
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