Heritage Places of Adelaide

Dwelling ('Deepacres' Apartments) and Garage at rear

283-291 Melbourne Street NORTH ADELAIDE

State Heritage Place

Completed in 1942, 'Deepacres' Apartments are architecturally significant as arguably the finest example of pure 'Modernism' design to be found in Adelaide. Retaining a high degree of integrity, they are one of only a few substantial, private apartment buildings designed and built in Adelaide and South Australia at the time, and represent the developing trend to higher density accommodation in the Depression / early Second World War period. The apartments are associated with the architect J H McConnell, the pioneer of the Modern Movement in Adelaide and responsible for many of Adelaide's important buildings of the period, and an important influence on Adelaide architects who followed him. They are also a notable example of the work of Fricker Brothers, who over many years were responsible for the construction of a large number of important buildings in South Australia. Their design displays a high degree of careful and thoughtful detail within what appears a simple composition. The exterior appearance represents an uncompromising expression of the Modernist style, with strong structural elements such as the 'flat' roof, steel window frames, terrazzo elements and exposed brick and concrete structure. The interiors of the fifteen apartments continue the Modernist aesthetic, with uncluttered internal layouts, quality finishes, and the inclusion of efficient and functional features suited to changing lifestyles in the mid-twentieth century. [Adapted from: Bruce Harry & Associates, Conservation Management Plan for 'Deepacres' Apartments, June 1996]

Listing Information

  • Date of Listing: 5 June 1986

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