Torrens Building, Adelaide

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The Torrens Building, named after Sir Robert Richard Torrens, is a State Heritage listed building on the corner of Victoria Square and Wakefield Street in Adelaide, South Australia. Originally known as the Government Offices, the Torrens Building has been home to a number of government departments for most of its existence. Since 2005, it been the site of the University City Adelaide precinct, housing campuses of Carnegie Mellon University, Cranfield University, University College London and Torrens University.
The building created some controversy in 1880 when it was reported that the Government of South Australia was going to import freestone for construction from Sydney, rather than use stone from local quarries.
In 2015, the Torrens Building was offered for sale as part of the State Administration Centre precinct by the Government of South Australia, previously having been excluded from the sale plans.
Between 1991 and 1995, major refurbishment of the Torrens Building was undertaken. Once completed, the building was used to accommodate a number of community groups and organisations including: Amnesty International (S.A. & N.T. Branch) Incorporated Amputee Association of South Australia Inc. Australian Association Of Social Workers Brain Injury Network Of SA Inc The National Council of Single Mothers & Their Children Inc SA Lebanese Women's Association Shelter SA United Nations Association of Australia - S.A. Division Inc Volunteering SA Incorporated
Following renovation, the building was reopened by then Premier of South Australia, John Olsen, on 19 September 1997.
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  • After a stroll from Central Market to Victoria Square, i think it's a building just north of Wakefield Street through Victoria Square. I didn't have the impression that I said this in particular in the old building.
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  • This beautiful building certainly draws some attention. It is stately and stylish but somewhat diluted on vast Victoria Square. A good example of 19th century colonial architecture .  more »
  • Torrens Building is named after R. Torrens, unknown person to me. Former government building, now used the the university. Easy to check out while in this area, there are more interesting buildings in...  more »
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