Woodards House

47-49 Waymouth Street ADELAIDE

Woodards House, built in 1928-1929, is an outstanding example of a building constructed in the Inter-War Commercial Palazzo style. It shows the public style of F Kenneth Milne, a prominent South Australian architect, who regarded this building as one of his most important works. Constructed as the South Australian head office of the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society, the building reflects the commercial expansion and consolidation of the capital city centre during the Inter-War period. The additional floor constructed in 1953 adds to the interest of the building by showing the effects of the Depression. Relatively few public buildings in this style were constructed in Adelaide, and Woodards House is certainly one of the best preserved of those that have survived.