St Peters SA Heritage

Classic Federation Era Homes of St Peters, SA

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St Peters is a very attractive suburb with beautiful large period homes, wide leafy streets (the Avenues), and neighbours who behave themselves.

The Municipality of St Peters was proclaimed on 2 August 1883.
Early settlement within St Peters began with the purchase of Section 256 by the South Australian Company. The sections adjacent to the parklands around Adelaide’s city centre were intended for agricultural use.

St Peters Building Era

With the city nearby, a river and two main roads as boundaries, water from two creeks and rich gullies along the western side, it was the South Australian Company’s first choice when this ‘country’ land went on sale in 1838.

  • Within Section 256, which later became known as Hackney, there remain examplesSt_Peters_Building_Styles.png of early settler’s cottages constructed by the South Australia Company. Because of Hackney’s topography and this early history, it remains the most varied of St Peters’ suburbs.
  • The suburb of College Park was laid out in 1874 and was described as the ‘best possible Villa sites with the assurance of gas and water’. Plainly put, this subdivision was intended for a superior class of surburban villa suited ‘for the residence of gentlemen engaged in business in Adelaide.’
  • The 1870s saw the beginning of the growth of suburbs around Adelaide and the consolidation of settlement within sections which had previously been used for agricultural purposes.
  • This was a period of intense land speculation and house building and there were few local government regulations relating to domestic residential construction prior to the 1881 Building Act.
  • The essential suburban character of the detached house on its own allotment emerged during this period and it was the provision of facilities such as deep drainage and reticulated water supply, as well as the development of horse tram routes from the City, which aided the growth of suburban areas, particularly those such as St Peters.
  • The architectural character of St Peters developed essentially during the 1880s with the building of characteristic villa-style domestic architecture. Elements of this style included verandahs with decorative cast iron, and a projecting bay window with distinctive ornamental rendering around windows and in the gable ends. These houses were the work of developer-builders and were constructed in groups of three, four or five of similar design. Larger houses and mansions were designed by architects and many of these graced the wide boulevards of Hackney Road and North Terrace.
  • In 1881, a large part of East Adelaide became the property of the East Adelaide Investment Company which acquired 199 parcels of land at 30 shillings a foot. Names of the streets reflected the developer’s ambitions, for the majority are titled ‘avenues’ and not ‘streets’. East Adelaide became synonymous with villa development. Indicative of these middle class aspirations was the formation of the St Peters Council. – The History of St Peters
  • Photographs below from – St Peters Residential Neightbourhood Character 

Haycraft House,12 Stephens Terrace, St Peters, SA

Haycraft House, is a Victorian sandstone of substantial size, in St Peters SA

Haycraft House is a stunning example of late Victorian sandstone architecture with a Queen Anne turret and wrap around filigree verandahs.

  • The size and features of this landmark property are exceptional and are reflect a bygone era. The scale and original detailing can still be glimpsed over 100 years later
  • The Ballroom is the most substantial internal feature of the property and features cathedral ceilings. Originally the Ballroom measured some 15.5m by 5.5m.
  • The house has been renovated for use as student accommodation, so only some internal heritage decoration remains.
  • The home features a substantial formal lounge measuring some 9.5mtr. by 5mtrs with the original fireplace and surrounds, lofty ceilings and solid timber doors and windows.
  • The home is currently disposed as 8 bedrooms with formal lounge, ballroom, family room, two kitchens, and bathrooms together with assorted facilities in the converted stables to the rear of the property.
  • The flooring throughout the home is Baltic pine boards that have been covered for some time with Masonite and vinyl. The boards are in exceptional condition and would polish beautifully.
  • There exists a rainwater harvesting tank under the floor in the family room that services the garden.
  • Building Size:557.42 m² (60 squares) approx; Land Size:1815 m² (approx) in the residential precinct of St Peters.
  • There are two street frontages, to Stephens Terrace and First Ave.
Haycraft House,12 Stephens Terrace, St Peters


Haycraft House, 12 Stephens Terrace, St Peters, showing garden in the original Federation style


Not the ballroom, original ceiling, ceiling rose and cornice


The timber furniture looks original


This was the ballroom and underneath the vinyl are the original floorboards


Timber fireplace and french doors look original, but not the vinyl flooring


22 Winchester Street, St Peters, SA

A spectacular Federation Tudor style villa of eight main rooms, swimming pool, and cellar; situated on land size 1558sqm approx with side lane access

  • High ceilings, Open fireplaces, Leadlight glass & picture rails, Price Guide: $1.85 million
22 Winchester Street, St Peters


Beautiful leadlight window, fireplaces


Excellent period furniture and fireplace


Fabulous fully fenced solar heated swimming pool


42 Winchester Street, St Peters, SA

A delightfully restored Federation filigree sandstone villa with a self contained studio set on a corner block

  • a short stroll from Linear Park
  • Two double bedrooms both with decorative fireplaces, Price Guide: $750,000
42 Winchester Street, St Peters, SA 5069


Leadlight french doors using unpainted wood trim, more characteristic of Edwardian period


Charming stained glass transom windows


Federation style enclosed verandah is very filigree!


35 Harrow Road, St Peters, SA

Successful reproduction Federation villa built by Olde Worlde homes.

  • Leadlight transom windows under the front window hood
  • Sunburst trim in the dominant gable dates the design to post 1900
35 Harrow Road, St Peters, SA


Stained glass in master bedroom is quite period and beautiful


Reproduction stained glass in indoor WC
Floor plan of modern design


14 St Peters, St Peters, SA

Double Frontage Federation Cottage, Easy Care Grounds, in Adelaide’s Finest Suburb

  • Immaculate and beautifully cared for character home
  • Three good sized bedrooms, light and bright sitting room
  • polished timber floors, beautiful open fires with tiled inlay and ornate pressed metal ceilings.
14 St Peters, St Peters, SA


Period timberwork and tiled verandah


45 Third Avenue, St Peters, SA

A superb sandstone return verandah villa of 10 main rooms, mezzanine, cellar and in ground pool on land size 1040sqm approx

  • Federation era filigree house with bay window, and ornamental leadlight
  • Many original features including leadlight windows, high ceilings and open fireplaces
  • Sold Date: Sat 16-Apr-11 – Price Guide: $1,760,000
45 Third Avenue, St Peters, SA


Victorian arched hallway with ceiling rose and gilded ornament


Bay window with sympathetic leadlight windows
Wonderful tiled and marble fireplace
Marvellous leadlight sash and transom windows


Very tasteful bathroom


Kitchen with leadlight windows and tastefully tiled splashbacks


Another tasteful renovated bathroom with period window, even the wall tiling looks original


Interesting garden and rear verandah


Floor plan of 45 Third Avenue


53 First Avenue St Peters, SA

Delightful character residence built in 1997 in Federation style, renting at $750 per week.

53 First Avenue St Peters, SA

65 Sixth Avenue, St Peters, SA

Meticulously maintained and presented Federation residence Sold for $1,198,000 on Wed 30-Mar-11

  • Note the similarity to 35 Harrow Road St Peters
65 Sixth Avenue, St Peters, SA 5069


Very fine leadlight doorway set


Fine Edwardian fireplace


Renovated bathroom in slate with period washstand basin


Floor Plan of 65 Third Avenue


49 Harrow Road St Peters, SA

Large return verandah late Victorian filigree style residence built of Blue Stone featuring four large bedrooms, renting at $540 per week

Federation Filigree Home, 49 Harrow Road ST PETERS


Beautiful leadlight window in bathroom


76 Fourth Avenue, St Peters

A renovated Queen Anne style villa of 7 main rooms. Sold Tue 08-Nov-11 for $1,300,000

76 Fourth Avenue, St Peters


Renovation has removed decorative glass in the bay windows



A spectacular villa of 8 beautiful main rooms swimming pool cellar – situated on land size 1558sqm approx with side lane access


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