The Pavilion

This building, owned by the City of Adelaide, was originally named the Alpine Restaurant. It was adapted from a design of a Cincinnati restaurant that Town Clerk William Veale had seen in an American magazine.

It has an unusual roof – what architects would call “a hyperbolic paraboloid” which means curves made of straight lines. It was chosen so the building would blend in, with its surrounds, in what was supposed to be evocative of an ‘Alpine’ style.

At the time of its opening in 1963, the building attracted some criticism. One critic remarked that “If the new building is as restless inside as it appears outside, it will be difficult for anyone to sit long enough to complete a meal, let alone digest it.”

The restaurant, nevertheless, proved incredibly popular; so much so that it in the 1960s it was often difficult to gain a table. Making things even more difficult for its enjoyment of the general public, were the strict dress codes – a reflection of stuffy Adelaide attitudes of the time - which turned people away for even the slightest fashion faux pas.

It has long stopped trading as a restaurant. Since 2003 the building has been used as a private function centre, catering to corporate events and the many weddings that occur in Veale Gardens.

From here, walk along the path that curves along the south side of the creek.



Spoken description - The Pavilion

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