Golden Oldies; Deep Acres Apartments // Jack Hobbs McConnell

PROJECT NAME // Deep Acres Apartments

COMPLETION YEAR // 1942

ARCHITECT // Jack Hobbs McConnell
COMMISSIONED BY // Mrs Jennnifer Jolly
LOCATION // 283-291 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

BUILDING TYPOLOGY // Apartments
BUILDING STYLE // Modern

 

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT//

 

Deep Acres Apartments epitomises the architect’s belief in the values of the Modern Movement, within the context of 1940s South Australia. The design solution expressed the technology of the day, the architectural form provided the ornament and the efficient use of space expressed modern living ideals, in a well detailed and crafted building.

 

Deep Acres flats was built in 1942 to the design of architect Jack Hobbs McConnell and represents one of the earliest Modern Movement style buildings in South Australia.

 

The building demonstrates many of the hallmarks of the style including the absence of ornamentation, use of modern materials, streamlined detailing and the incorporation of a flat roof - considered bold at the time. Other aspects of the style used in the building included porthole windows and vertical shaft windows, curved brick walls and sun decks.

 

The front garden comprises an area bound by a low front wall and contained manicured poplar trees and cumquats, a row of roses along the front wall and a grassed area on the terrace.


 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARCHITECT //
 

Architect, Jack McConnell is considered one of the leading advocates of Modern Movement - and later International Style - architecture in South Australia and Deep Acres Apartments stands as one of his exemplar works of the period.
 

 

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION //

University of South Australia Architecture Museum

 

ADDRESS // University of South Australia, City West Campus, Kaurna Building 2-21, Fenn Place, Adelaide
HOURS // Monday - Wednesday 10am - 4pm
(Visitors by appointment only)

PHONE // +61 8 8302 9235

EMAIL // architecturemuseum@unisa.edu.au

WEBSITE // http://aad.unisa.edu.au/research/research-areas/architecture-museum/

 

IMAGES // Provided by University of South Australia Architecture Museum, Australian Institute of Architects & Michael Queale. Also obtained from:
Fox, A, FOX REAL ESTATE (2016). Deep Acres [photographs]. Available at: https://www.realestate.com.au/sold/property-unit-sa-north+adelaide-123014118 

 

WORDS // Provided by University of South Australia Architecture Museum, Australian Institute of Architects & Michael Queale

 

 

 

 

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