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Open House Adelaide launches

April 10, 2012

Three churches, two car dealerships and a Robin Boyd house among the 48 buildings on the inaugural Open House Adelaide program launching in May.

Adelaide is set to host its first Open House event this year, with a two-day program giving the public rare access to a number of the city’s significant landmarks.

The inaugural Open House Adelaide will be held on 19-20 May, with 48 buildings participating in the weekend-long program. The event will see a range of heritage and contemporary buildings open their doors to the public, giving visitors free access to a broad range of the city’s celebrated landmarks.

Buildings that appear on this year’s program include the Queen’s Theatre, the oldest purpose-built theatre in mainland Australia, the Former Reserve Bank Building, Robin Boyd’s Walkley House, and the Quaker Meeting House – Adelaide’s oldest prefab building, built in 1840. Contemporary buildings include HASSELL’s Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building, HASSELL’s Hub Central and Design Inc’s Ingkarni Wardli – both at the University of Adelaide, while other sites include community centres, film studios, bakeries, the State Herbarium and two car dealerships.

The offices of JPE Design Studio – the oldest continuing architectural practice in the state – will be open to visitors all weekend, while the Hardy Milazzo Office in the Bickford Building will be open on Saturday and Woodhead’s studio will be open on Sunday.

The program has been organised by History SA, and forms part of About Time: South Australia’s History Festival. The Open House event has evolved from Open Doors: Unlocking History, an event first launched in 2005 to encourage organisations to open up their heritage-listed buildings to the public. As such, the 2012 Adelaide Open House program is heavily populated with heritage landmarks.

Margaret Anderson, Director of History SA, said: “We are very excited by the number of buildings registered in this new event.  Adelaide is known for its striking heritage architecture, but Open House Adelaide will challenge long-standing perceptions of the city by also showcasing stunning cutting-edge buildings. The event adds a dynamic new dimension by linking Adelaide’s history and heritage with contemporary design and innovation.”

For more on Open House Adelaide, visit

Images (1) HASSELL, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts; (2) Design Inc, Ingkarni Wardli, University of Adelaide

  • Nathan May 5th, 2013 11:31 pm

    I was extremely excited by the thought of entering the Walkley House in Nth Adelaide. However I was just as disappointed when I noticed that only half the house was open and that the owners had no taste. Great job by Boyd and Walkley just a shame that dull old people live there and obviously don’t appreciate such a beautiful house. Great concept though, love OpenHouse.

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