Elder Hall receives generous gift from Adelaide City Council

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Elder Hall, the University of Adelaide's pre-eminent concert hall, has received $300,000 from the Adelaide City Council through its Heritage Incentives Scheme.

Presented by Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood the funding will contribute to the Elder Appeal Restoration project launched in 2012.

"This gift will go a long way towards preserving and restoring this fine concert hall to her 19th-century glory," said University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Warren Bebbington.

"Elder Hall is held in great affection by the South Australian community," said Professor Bebbington. "It has launched the careers of many fine musicians and continues to play a key role in the cultural life of the city through weekly lunchtime concerts and many other events."

"The University of Adelaide has 10 heritage-listed buildings on its North Terrace Campus which require considerable upkeep and attention," he said. "We are very grateful for such generous support from Adelaide City Council to ensure Elder Hall remains a jewel in the crown."

Mr Yarwood said the level of support was unprecedented in the Heritage Incentives Scheme and was possibly the largest donation of its kind in Australia.

"The conservation of our built heritage contributes enormously to the city's unique charm and appeal," said Mr Yarwood.

"Council is committed to assisting property owners in retaining and conserving State, Local and Character buildings for future generations.

"It speaks volumes for the high regard that the community holds for University of Adelaide's Elder Hall," said Mr Yarwood. "Council was delighted to support the preservation of such an iconic building that is treasured by local residents and visitors alike."

The building is of historical significance and is registered by the National Trust. The foundation stone was laid in 1898 and it was officially opened in 1900. The Hall was completely refurbished in 1978, and again in 2006. In 1979 a spectacular organ built by Casavant Freres of Quebec was installed. Crafted in the French Classical tradition, the organ is regarded as one of the finest instruments in the Australia.


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