North Terrace, Adelaide

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North Terrace

Adelaide's North Terrace facing west.jpg
North Terrace facing west in the early evening
North Terrace, Adelaide is located in City of Adelaide
West end
West end
East end
East end
General information
LocationAdelaide city centre
Length2.1 km (1.3 mi)[1]
Major junctions
West endWest Terrace
Port Road
East endEast Terrace
Botanic Road
LGA(s)City of Adelaide
North Terrace looking east, from the King William Street intersection
North Terrace intersection with Pulteney Street, looking south-west from Bonython Hall.
Adelaide in 1839 as viewed south-east from the western end of North Terrace, including Holy Trinity Church. (The church tower lost its "peaked cap" in 1844.)
North Terrace, looking south-west from the South Australian Museum.
North Terrace, looking south-west from Kintore Avenue.
North Terrace, looking north-east from near King William Street, ca. 1940. (Kintore Avenue in the foreground).
North Terrace, looking east from the tram stop adjacent to the City West campus of the University of South Australia.

North Terrace is one of the four terraces that bound the central business and residential district of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. It runs east–west, along the northern edge of "the square mile". The western end continues on to Port Road, and the eastern end continues across the Adelaide Parklands as Botanic Road.[2][3]

North Side of North Terrace[edit]

Theoretically, the northern side of North Terrace is part of the Adelaide Parklands. However, much of the space between North Terrace and the River Torrens is occupied by cultural institutions and other public buildings. Starting from West Terrace and travelling east, these buildings include:

(West Terrace)

(Morphett Street bridge)

(King William Road)

(Kintore Avenue)

(Frome Road)

(East Terrace)

South Side of North Terrace[edit]

Starting at West Terrace and travelling east, the southern side of the street includes:

(West Terrace)

  • The Newmarket Hotel
  • Assorted accommodation, businesses and medical practices
  • Many buildings forming the City West campus of the University of South Australia
  • The Lion Arts Centre (in the old Fowler's Lion Flour Factory building)

(Morphett Street bridge)

(King William Street)

(Gawler Place)

  • Assorted businesses and medical practices
  • David Jones, part of the Rundle Mall shopping precinct
  • Assorted businesses, medical practices and University of Adelaide buildings
  • The historic Scots Church (originally Free Church of Scotland, then Presbyterian, now Uniting Church)[11]

(Pulteney Street)[9]

(Frome Street)

  • Assorted businesses
  • The historic Ayers House
  • 19th century Terrace houses
  • The historic Botanic Hotel

(East Terrace)

Glenelg tram extensions[edit]

In October 2007, the extension of the Glenelg tram line from Victoria Square to the University of South Australia City West campus was completed.[15] In 2010, a further extension along the remainder of North Terrace to continue along Port Road to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre was opened.[16] Construction of a new junction, branch lines along the eastern end of North Terrace and King William Road and four new stops began in July/August 2017 and opened on 13 October 2018.[17]

Picture gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

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  2. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4.
  3. ^ Map of the Adelaide city centre, North Adelaide and the Adelaide Park Lands.
  4. ^ "InterContinental To Replace Hyatt In Adelaide". Spice News. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
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  8. ^ Elton, Jude (7 January 2014). "14 Pieces". Adelaidia. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  9. ^ a b Bonython Hall is opposite Pulteney Street, and was built in 1936 as a result of a donation of over £50,000 from Sir John Langdon Bonython. Pulteney Street is the only one of the city's north-south thoroughfares which does not continue north through the parklands. Folklore has it that the Bonython donation was made on the condition that a hall be built opposite Pulteney Street, thus blocking any future path through the parklands and preventing the division of the campus by a major thoroughfare.
  10. ^ Queen Adelaide Club > Club history Archived 8 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 15 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Our History". Scots Church. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Electra House". Adelaide Explorer. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Freemasons Hall". Adelaide Explorer. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  14. ^ "John Quinton Bruce". Architects [of South Australia] database. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  15. ^ Official opening for tram extension ABC News 14 October 2007
  16. ^ "Adelaide Entertainment Centre Tram Line Opens" Trolley Wire issue 321 May 2010 pages 21-23
  17. ^ Boisvert, Eugene (13 October 2018). "Trams start running on Adelaide's North Terrace extension seven months late". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 October 2018.