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Verco Building

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Identification

Verco Building
293092

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
neo-classicism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • This building is State Heritage listed.
  • This was Adelaide's first high-rise building.
  • Architecturally, the building is succesful in its interpretation of classical styles in particular through the rusticated 'wings' of the North Terrace façade which visually bind together a series of bay windows.
  • The handling of the rustication, and the use of over-sized keystones to link with cornices and to support bay windows, is of particular interest.
  • When plans for the building were announced in 1911, a local newspaper exclaimed: "Skyscraper for Adelaide!, which will add materially to the appearance of a handsome thoroughfare, and will be an addition to the architectural modernity of the Queen City.".
  • The building was extensively refurbished between 1980-81, including the replacement of the original windows, the removal of every cornice and the addition of a new floor in a mansard roof .
  • As part of the REMM Myer development, in 1989 the interior of the building was demolished with only the façade remaining.
  • In 2006, the building's façade was restored to its former glory, with the modifications made between 1980-81 removed, including the mansard roof.
  • This is one of the earliest and most complete of Adelaide's reinforced concrete buildings to have survived.

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Location

178-179 North Terrace
178-179 North Terrace
5000
Adelaide
South Australia
Australia

Technical Data

98.43 ft
6
1911
1912
2006

Involved Companies

Eric H. McMichael

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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