Detail of Stone Tracery: Entrance Porch, Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide


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Detail of Stone Tracery: Entrance Porch, Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide


Adelaide, architecture, blind tracery, carving, entrance, foliage pattern, gothic architecture, Gothic Revival, hood moulding, lancet arch, neo-gothic, porch, quatrefoil, SA, South Australia, The University of Adelaide, tracery, trefoil, university, university buildings, William McMinn (1844-1884), William Mitchell (1861-1962)


A detail of the decorative stone tracery surrounding the lancet archways leading into the entrance porch at the Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide. This is an example of blind tracery (because it is applied to the stone wall and no glass or openings are present), which consists of trefoil and quatrefoil shapes that each contain a carved foliage pattern.

About the Mitchell Building:

The Mitchell Building was designed by South Australian architect Willliam McMinn in the Victorian Academic Gothic style. It was completed between 1879 and 1881, and officially opened in 1882. The Mitchell Building was the first building on the North Terrace campus of The University of Adelaide and originally housed all of the university disciplines. It was named the Mitchell Building in 1961 in honour of Sir William Mitchell, who was Vice-Chancellor of the university from 1916-1942 and Chancellor from 1942-1948. Today it is used as an administrative hub. The Mitchell Building’s neo-gothic features include its steeply gabled roof, lancet windows, decorative stone tracery and the roof fleche/spire.


Dorey, Margaret


5 July 2011


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