Entrance Porch, Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide


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Entrance Porch, Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide


Adelaide, arcade, arch, architecture, blind tracery, entrance, gothic architecture, Gothic Revival, hood moulding, jamb, lancet arch, mullion, neo-gothic, porch, quatrefoil, SA, South Australia, The University of Adelaide, tracery, university, university buildings, Victorian Academic Gothic style, William McMinn (1844-1884), William Mitchell (1861-1962)


An image of the entrance porch to the Mitchell Building at The University of Adelaide. Large lancet openings surrounded by decorative hood moulding lead from all three sides to entrance, which consists of a wooden door topped with a rose window and accompanied on either side by a slender lancet window. Extensive blind tracery can be seen around the lancet archways and along the roofline, where an arcade of lancet arches also forms a parapet.

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 other 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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