Heritage Reborn

Whilst representing our past, heritage buildings also serve an active role in our present and our future. The built, environmental and cultural heritage of our city provides us with an understanding of where we have come from, and where as a society we aspire to go. Some remarkable transformations of Adelaide’s heritage buildings have been achieved to preserve their integrity whilst adapting them for a contemporary 21st Century use.

This trail features a sample of Adelaide’s most treasured and iconic heritage buildings that have undergone sensitive transformations to ensure their continued value in a contemporary context. From a former bank office, to a rogue department store, to a building once used for temporary accommodation by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, this trail discovers the city’s heritage sites that have been carefully ‘reborn’ for a modern use.

Electra House

Electra House was built in 1901 for the Citizens’ Life Assurance Company. Architects John Quinton Bruce, William Cumming and Ernest Bayer were responsible for the design of the company’s new office building. John Quinton Bruce was the architect…

Treasury Buildings/Adina Apartment Hotel

The collection of buildings at the corner of King William Street and Flinders Street were once the centre of state government affairs, housing the South Australian government and administration from the 1830s until the 1960s. The Governor,…

Moore's Department Store/Sir Samuel Way Building

It might surprise some that the Sir Samuel Way building, the home of a number of court services, was once a major department store built to challenge Rundle Street as the city’s retail precinct. The building was the brainchild of Charles Moore, a…

The Stock Exchange/Science Exchange

For a century, this unique building was an important site of South Australia’s financial affairs. Opened in 1901, it served as the home of the Stock Exchange of Adelaide. The Stock Exchange formed in 1887 when a group of financial brokers and…

Colonial Mutual Life Building/Mayfair Hotel

The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Co. (CML) building is one of the most iconic built landmarks of King William Street. The building’s grandeur and high quality neo-Romanesque detailings are perhaps more notable when it is revealed that it was…

Bank of New South Wales/ Jamie’s Italian & 2KW

The former Bank of New South Wales office building is a landmark structure positioned on one of the most important intersections of the city- the corner of North Terrace and King William Street. At the time of its construction it was one of the…

Tivoli Hotel

The site of the current Tivoli Hotel has been an entertainment and meeting place since 1846. In its 170 year history, it has hosted music, public meetings, theatrical performances and pub rock icons. The hotel’s development followed the growing…

Willard House/Hereford Beefstouw

This building was once strongly associated with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in South Australia. The WCTU was initially formed in the early 1870s in the United States by a group of women concerned about the destructive effects of…