Elder Hall Restoration

Restoration works at the northern end of Elder Hall complete the conservation of one of the University's most significant heritage buildings.

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This was the final project in a seven-year endeavour to restore the interior and exterior of Elder Hall.

Previous works have included refurbishment of the main hall, foyer, bathrooms and practice rooms; improved acoustics in the main hall with new audio-visual and lighting systems; asbestos removal; sandstone restoration and other heritage repairs.    

Project overview

  • Location: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus
  • Cost: $4 million
  • Completed: October 2018
  • Architect: DASH Architects


  • Demolition of the 1961 hall extension and replacement of the damaged suspended walkway
  • Stone conservation and restoration to the building facade 
  • Improved accessibility to Hub Central and Elder Hall
  • Significant base building upgrades with new plumbing and electrical services
  • New paving and landscaping in the adjacent plaza


SA Architecture Awards 2019
The David Saunders Award for Heritage - Elder Hall Northern Upgrade and Conservation Works (DASH Architects)

Master Builders SA Buildings Excellence Awards
Excellence in Structure/Envelope (Commercial Award) - Elder Hall Northern Façade Conservation (HSR Australia Group)