Goldsbrough House

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Taylor noted in Building in 1915 that the skyscrapers are not necessary in Adelaide during that period, but the interstate debate over building upwards were likely influence Adelaide to introduce the phenomenon. During the inter-war period around 1923, the conditions had got back on track to allow non-domestic building to be resumed, it progressed exactly where it had discontinued in 1917. Thus, in respond to business expansions in Adelaide, tall buildings indeed began to appear on North Terrace and King William Street. Goldsbrough House with Commercial Palazzo style was designed by the architect F. Kenneth Milne in 1935 and it was one of the tall buildings along North Terrace. Even though the height of skyscraper raised a question among the society at that time,…show more content…
The building which drew upon classically derived elements conveyed the characteristics of a transitional period in architecture which used new materials, but in a traditional cloak or compositional straight jacket. Traced back to the classical architectural elements from Athens which Unites States adopted in their buildings, these elements often represented the political, social and aesthetic qualities of the city therefore it is reasonable for United States to derive the ancient classical form. Goldsbrough House however is designed to be a commercial building which does not associate with political element and Mr. Milne visit to England and the Continent before the building was built strengthened the claim that the design presumably derived the classical elements directly from overseas, without considering the local symbolism. Marshall states that building is often regarded as the symbolism of society than shelter, ‘particularly true of commercial building where the structure must form a permanent advertisement,’ but in the case of Goldsbrough House, it did not reflect the symbolism of South Australian society at that period, only architectural fashion from American commercial building
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