In January 1851 Bishop Augustus Short's son laid the foundation stone for this building that would become his father’s Episcopal residence, Bishop's Court.

At the time, the South Australian Register newspaper described the proposed building as “a chaste design in the Tudor Gothic, but by no means an ambitious structure for an episcopal palace."

The architect, Mr Stuckey, died less than six months later, so fellow architect Edmund Wright probably supervised most of the construction.

Erection of the building was slow because of the exodus of labour at that time, to the Victorian gold fields. For a time the walls of the original central section of the building remained without a roof until Bishop Short raised a loan to cover the cost of roofing.

Part of the building was consecrated in 1852, but extensions were added over several decades, up to 1912 when a chapel and entrance porch were added to the north face.

The book: Heritage of the City of Adelaide, says:

“Bishops Court ….is remarkable for the assemblage of various extensions under differing roofs to form a homogeneous architectural composition.”

In 2020 the Anglican Church offered Bishop’s Court for sale. The asking price was not made public.

Now walk a few steps to the east, to view the house next door, on your right.



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