Close-up of the Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide


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Close-up of the Mitchell Building, The University of Adelaide


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A close-up of the upper level of the Mitchell Building at The University of Adelaide. The Mitchell Building was designed by South Australian architect Willliam McMinn in the Victorian Academic Gothic style and constructed between 1879 and 1881. In this photograph, a number of the building’s neo-gothic features are evident. These include: the upper level windows, which comprise pairs of trefoil pointed lancets separated by a stone mullion and topped with a quatrefoil window, all contained within a single equilateral pointed arch; the blind tracery, arcading and rose window on the adjacent wall; the lancet arcade forming a parapet along the roofline and the false machiolation used for decorative effect below; the gable roof; and the turret.

About the Mitchell Building:

The Mitchell Building officially opened in 1882. It 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 the Mitchell Building is used as an administrative hub.


Dorey, Margaret


5 July 2011


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