My BackgroundAll I know about architecture is what I've gleaned from a lifetime of admiring fine buildings - both in Australia and overseas - supplemented by some reading and occasional discussions with architect friends.
It is apparent that the Nineteenth Century builders and architects who were responsible for the buildings depicted on this website had roughly a thousand years of British architectural history to draw on. They may have utilised Irish traditions as well. In the Barossa Valley and Lower South East there may have been some German influences too.
Beyond that, they also had access to another two thousand years of Western classical architecture - Roman, Greek, Egyptian etc - for inspiration. I can see very little evidence that they went further afield - though Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, possesses a number of mosques to service its small Moslem community.
In Britain in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century - when so many of the buildings on this website were constructed - the Neo-Gothic style was popular, as well as the Italianate.
Builders and Architects
The buildings shown on these webpages need to be researched to establish who were the architects and/or builders who designed them. This is a significant undertaking. Research comparing the buildings with recognised architectural styles also needs to be undertaken.
These two research tasks will take time - results will be posted with the relevant photo as available.
South Australian Regional Architecture
Stephen Herbert, an architect who practices from Mount Gambier in the south-east of South Australia, has written a very informative article on South Australian regional architecture (See Sources). Key factors described by Mr Herbert include :
Typical South Australian Building StylesTo my untrained eye, the use of typical colonial features such as thick stone walls, high ceilings, large verandahs around two or three sides of dwellings and high, well-ventilated roofs, is also apparent throughout South Australia, prior to the Second World War.
Compared to Europe, there is a relative lack of two storey buildings.
Examples of the opulent buildings referred to by Mr Herbert include Karratta House, Padthaway House, Struan House and Yallum Park, all of which are found on this website.