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Client: Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Location: Adelaide, SA

Country: Kaurna

Value: $1.8 million

Completion: 2022


Paull Gillett

Elizabeth Little

Garth Davos


AIA (SA) 2023 David Saunders Award for Heritage Architecture

The State Heritage Listed Goodman Building was built in 1908 as the administration base of the Municipal Tramways Trust for Adelaide’s new electrified tram network. The building is an imposing landmark on Hackney Road and is of architectural significance as a fine example of Edwardian architecture with Arts and Crafts influences.


This mammoth eight-year long conservation project by specialist architects and trades involved the repointing of brickwork, painting rendered detailing and the replacement of the entire slate roof, which had deteriorated beyond repair and was causing leaks. Replacement roofing slates imported from Penrhyn (Wales) were selected, paired with traditional copper nails, to match the original and to achieve another 100-year lifespan.

Prominently sited at the East Gate of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens as their administration centre, the conservation works ensures that the Goodman Building continues as a demonstration of civic pride for another century.

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