Stag Hotel

This corner landmark is one of the city’s oldest hotels and a notable feature of both East Terrace and Rundle Street. The Stag has been on this site since 1849, when it was first licensed by George Taylor.

In its early years, the Stag was the site of markets on East Terrace. Stockyards, a weighbridge, and large stables accommodated the horses and vehicles of the livestock and produce buyers, who made the hotel their headquarters almost daily.

This hotel is unique amongst the city's historic pubs in not having been altered during the boom decade of the 1880s. However, in 1902, it was sold to Thomas Richardson and the following year it was significantly rebuilt. The redevelopment was prompted by the opening of the adjacent Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange and the new business from market traders.

Architects Daniel Garlick and Herbert Jackman built the new two-storey building with its return verandah and balcony in the Queen Anne style. This highly decorative style was popular at the time of Australian Federation in 1901. Other examples are the nearby Woodman’s Inn and the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange, which were built around the same time. The tiled roof cladding and cast-iron balustrading is typical of the time, while the dormer windows, projecting from the sloping roof, are unusual.

The Stag is still a busy landmark hotel at the Eastern end of the popular Rundle Street restaurant, café and bar precinct.

Images

Stag Hotel, East Terrace, 2014

Stag Hotel, East Terrace, 2014

Creator: Photograph by Jessica Cronin View File Details Page

The first Stag Hotel, c1903

The first Stag Hotel, c1903

This image shows the first Stag Hotel during its demolition. The hotel's stables can be seen on the left and the chimney of the Adelaide Electric Supply Company in the background. | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B 540 View File Details Page

Stag Hotel, c1910

Stag Hotel, c1910

The new Stag Hotel only a few years after it was rebuilt. | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, PRG 280/1/14/569 View File Details Page

Market Day, Rundle Street, 31 August 1903

Market Day, Rundle Street, 31 August 1903

Rundle Street was a busy place on market day. | Source: National Trust of South Australia Joyce Photographic Collection ID: 41 View File Details Page

Official Website:

www.staghotel.com.au

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Adelaide City Explorer Team & East End Coordination Group, “Stag Hotel,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed April 28, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/54.
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