Ayers House, Adelaide

Ayers House, Adelaide

Ayers House is a historic mansion named after Sir Henry Ayers, five times Premier of South Australia and wealthy industrialist, who occupied it from 1855 until 1897. It is the only mansion to have survived on North Terrace. Plans for the historic two-stored mansion were developed in 1846 for William Paxton, an Adelaide chemist and it was one of the first properties in Adelaide to be fitted with gas lighting. It is constructed of local blue-stone and is Regency period in style. The mansion is thought to have been designed by George Strickland Kingston. During Sir Henry Ayers's parliamentary service, the house was used for Cabinet meetings, parliamentary dinners and grand balls. The rooms of the mansion feature hand-painted ceilings, stenciled woodwork and contain memorabilia from the Ayers family, demonstrating the wealth of the property at the time it was built.

Ayers House is currently the property of the National Trust of South Australia. For the last 30 years it has been used as a corporate function center, restaurant and museum. On display are costumes, silverware, artworks and furniture, as well as a 300 kilogram chandelier.

Museum hours: Tuesday - Friday*: 10 am – 4 pm

Weekends & Public Holidays: 1 pm – 4 pm

* Ayers House Museum is Closed Fridays during winter season from June – September)

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Sight Name: Ayers House
Sight Location: Adelaide, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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