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Heritage Places of Adelaide

North Adelaide Service Reservoir


corner of O'Connell Street and Barton Terrace NORTH ADELAIDE


State Heritage Place

The North Adelaide Service Reservoir represents a significant feat of hydraulic engineering in South Australian history that demonstrates the evolution and pattern of the State's development, particularly the growth of the colony, investment in infrastructure networks, and commitment to public health. The 1870s brick and cement structure was designed to increase and balance the pressure of water sent to the Port Adelaide area. It is a unique South Australian example of an underground reservoir, with its finely constructed red-brick arcades comprising piers and arches that form a 'cathedral to water'. As a utilitarian structure it demonstrates a high degree of technical accomplishment in construction, materials and design.

Listing Information

  • Date of Listing: 30 August 2017
  • Heritage Listing Criteria:

    Criteria A: it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history;

    Criteria E: it demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics;

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