2020, English, Photograph edition: Adelaide University / ornamental garden with pools and a waterfall at Wills Court, behind the Mitchell Building. South Australia Contemplari

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  • Adelaide University /​ ornamental garden with pools and a waterfall at Wills Court, behind the Mitchell Building. South Australia
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  • Ornamental courtyard garden with two pools and a waterfall: paths surround the garden.Located past the rear of the Mitchell Building and across from Elder Hall. The Wills Courtyard built in 1973 was a collaboration between architect David Cant, landscape architect Ian Barwick and the then head of the University of Adelaide’s botany department, Dr Brian Walmsley.*The Mitchell Building was the first building of the University of Adelaide and until 1961 was known as “University Building”: renaming the building was in honour of Sir William Mitchell, one of the university’s first philosophy academics. He was the university’s vice-chancellor from 1916–1942 and chancellor from 1942–1948.Architect James MacGeorge won a competition to design the building in 1977. Scandal ensued, with Michael Egan of Melbourne first replacing MacGeorge as architect. He in turn was replaced by William McMinn and Edward John Woods. McMinn was given credit for the final design of Mitchell Building, although much of it was based on Egan’s design. The foundation stone was laid 30 July 1879 by Governor Sir William Jervois. The first classes were held in the building two years later, although it was incomplete. The building was finally finished in 1882 and was officially opened by Governor Jervois on 5 April. A degree ceremony was held at the same time.The State Heritage listed Gothic Revival building erected by Brown and Thompson has main walls of Sydney white stone, and is faced with freestone from Tea Tree Gully.The entrance porch has carved stone ornamentation. The pillars and first floor windows were from Dumfries, Scotland. Stone carving of the interior and exterior of the building were the work of William James Maxwell, a migrant from Glasgow in Scotland. An ornamental ventilating turret stood up from the roof ridge.This building housed all of the university’s faculties and activities until the completion of the Elder Conservatorium in 1900 and the Prince of Wales Building in 1902. The Mitchell Building houses administration and governing bodies of the university.References:Adelaide City HeritageAdelaidiaAdelaide City Explorer Team
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