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Sir Samuel Way Courts Building

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Where:

Corner of Victoria Square and Gouger Street
Adelaide South Australia
(next to the Hilton Hotel Adelaide)

Originally housing Moore's Department Store built in 1916, the only original architectural features
remaining after a devastating fire in 1948 are the façade and impressive main marble staircase.

Today, the building is home to the District and Supreme Criminal Courts;
Court of Criminal Appeal; and Environment Resources & Development Court.

After the South Australian Government renovated the building in 1983 following the
decline of Moore's, it was renamed after South Australia's longest-serving Chief Justice, Sir Samuel Way,
with the new Courts opened by then Premier of South Australia Sir Donald Dunstan.

The facade is significant as an early example of reinforced concrete construction.
It is also important for its association with the architects Garlick and Jackman.
The roof is a dominant feature of the building and consists of a more recently added
hipped terra cotta tiled roof and central dome.

The Sir Samuel Way Building now houses ten criminal courtrooms, sixteen civil courtrooms,
a library, chambers, conference rooms and administration areas.

It is a major landmark and focal point in the City of Adelaide that also contributes to the amenity
of Victoria Square. Its scale and style complements the Supreme Court building and nearby Magistrates' Court.

It is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm - Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

More Information > can be viewed at the Government Heritage website.