Rundle Street, Adelaide

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Corner of Rundle and Frome Streets, 2008
Garden East apartments (circa early 1990s)
The Rundle Lantern, an LED display on the Rundle Street carpark
The lighting up ceremony of the Rundle Lantern

Rundle Street, often referred to as "Rundle Street East" as distinct from Rundle Mall, is a street in the East End of the city centre of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. It runs from Pulteney Street to East Terrace, where it becomes Rundle Road through the East Park Lands. (A separate Rundle Street continues from Rundle Road through Kent Town).[1] Its former western extent, which ran to King William Street, was closed in 1972 to form the pedestrian street of Rundle Mall. The street is close to Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Rundle Park, Rymill Park, Hindmarsh Square and North Terrace.

The street was named after John Rundle, a director of the South Australia Company and member of the British House of Commons, by the Street Naming Committee on 23 May 1837.[2] It was installed with the first electric street lighting in South Australia in 1895 at the former intersection of Rundle, King William and Hindley streets.

The street contains numerous cafés, restaurants, shops, cinemas, clubs and hotels. It is one of Adelaide's most popular streets for cafés and fashion. Most of the street has a heritage façade, but has been redeveloped for modern use, with some buildings converted to residences, such as the East End Markets.

The street is two-lane with parking on both sides plus bicycle lanes. A tramline ran through the street in the early 20th century. It is one of the narrower streets of the Adelaide grid, at 1 chain (66 ft; 20 m) wide.

Rundle Lantern[edit]

The south-east corner of Rundle and Pulteney street was for much of the 20th century the site of a six-storey Victorian-style building opened as the Grand Central Hotel in 1911 for the Melbourne retail firm of Foy & Gibson and designed to complement their furniture emporium adjacent. The Grand Central in its turn replaced the elegant and exclusive two-storey York Hotel,[3] but despite some high-profile guests (the Prince of Wales in 1920, Arthur Conan Doyle in 1922), it never prospered, and around 1925 was absorbed into the emporium.[4] The building was sold to the Electricity Trust for showrooms and offices, then in 1975–1976 was demolished to make way for a multi-level car park,[5] an open, austere structure of concrete slabs and iron railings.

In late 2006, the Adelaide City Council proposed to transform Rundle Street's western approach, the Pulteney Street-Rundle Mall junction, into a Piccadilly Circus or Times Square-type meeting place at a cost of around $1.5 million.[6] The proposal, based on ideas expressed in mid-2005 for neon billboards and video screens,[7] included an initial nine design concepts which were narrowed to two for consideration by the Council in early 2007.[8] A minimal design called the Rundle Lantern – a 748 panel LED lighting display wrapping around the façade of the Rundle Street carpark – was eventually selected, with the Council deciding video screens were inappropriate for the location.[9] The Rundle Lantern was designed and developed by the Fusion company, with the design strategy focused on creating a 'lantern' for the city to use as a dynamic cultural canvas. There has been controversy about crediting artists that have contributed to the lantern. [10]

Shop Listings[edit]

Fashion Alannah Hill, Zimmermann, Sass & Bide, Gorman, Saba, Marcs, Metalicus, Steve Madden Shoes, Sooki, Tu Yu Boutique, Botika Clothing, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Bauhaus, Snow n' Surf Co, Das, Midwest Trader, Calibre, Jack London, Mimco, Morrison[11]

Eateries Felici Espresso, Cibo Espresso, Lemongrass Thai Bistro, Eros Cafe, San Giorgio Italian, Vego & Lovin' It, Joy Discovery, T2 Tea, Nano (via Ebenezer Place)

Night Life Distill, Mary's Poppin, Hacienda, Austral Hotel, The Stag Hotel, Sugar, Belgian Beer Cafe, The Stag Hotel, Exeter Hotel

Junction list[edit]

Adelaide city centre00.0Pulteney StreetContinues as Rundle Mall
0.20.12Frome Street
0.50.31East TerraceContinues as Rundle Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Rundle Street siege[edit]

In September 1976, a Victorian man, Michael O'Connor, entered Hambly Clark's gun shop ( now closed ) at 182 Rundle Street, between Pulteney Street and Synagogue Place, and stole two shotguns which he loaded with his own ammunition. He then began shooting indiscriminately. After a lengthy confrontation he was shot by a police sniper and taken to the nearby Royal Adelaide Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.[13]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4.
  2. ^ "Rundle Mall" (PDF). Adelaide City Council. Retrieved 6 January 2006.
  3. ^ "Expansion of Adelaide". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 17 June 1911. p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Grand Central Hotel". The Register (Adelaide). South Australia. 12 August 1924. p. 9. Retrieved 10 January 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Adelaide City Heritage: Grand Central Hotel". National Trust of South Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  6. ^ Vlach, Anna. "Adelaide's Times Square", The Advertiser, 13 November 2006.
  7. ^ Drayse, Rebecca. "Our Times Square", The City Messenger, 13 July 2005.
  8. ^ Leo, Jessica. "Decision on Adelaide's Times Square", The Advertiser, 16 April 2007.
  9. ^ Leo, Jessica. "Council votes for scaled 'Times Square'", The Advertiser, 16 April 2007.
  10. ^ "Art: Adelaide artists get a raw deal when producing Rundle Lantern animations". Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Rundle Street East fashion stores". Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  12. ^ Google (11 December 2016). "Rundle Street, Adelaide" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  13. ^

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Coordinates: 34°55′21″S 138°36′20″E / 34.92249°S 138.605436°E / -34.92249; 138.605436