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OnDitmagazine ― Features

wrecking ball

or Resurrection?

Union Hall, a lecture theatre and former performance space located at the heart of Adelaide University's North Terrace Campus, has been slated for demolition. In two controversial pieces, an Adelaide arts writer explains why we need to fight for the theatre, and a former student union president explains why the theatre's gotta go.

Piece #1: keep the hall!

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Dennis Coleman

ross Victoria Drive from the Torrens River embankment and enter the grounds of one of Australia’s oldest universities through a beautifully elaborate wrought-iron gate. This impressive Victorian structure bears a crest with the motto of the University of Adelaide: ‘Sub Cruce Lumen’ – The Light (of learning) under the (Southern) Cross. At once, visitors would recognise this as a university precinct – a place of higher learning. The buildings which flank the park-like setting are the trademarks of a well-respected university of international stature. The gabled Barr Smith Library, with its ornate red brick and stone dressings, freestone portico and classical columns, has been thoughtfully extended in various decades. It is complemented to the north-east by the Mawson and Benham Laboratories (built in a similar period) while the arches and pillars of the Cloisters to the north-west sit comfortably with more red brick and paned glass understoreys. Together with1970s red-brick extensions and concrete awnings and balcony railings on the upper levels, all this provides candy for a roving eye seeking visual stimulus.

On Dit Magazine: Volume 78, Issue 1  

On Dit Magazine is a fortnightly Australian student magazine with an emphasis on exceptional writing, photography, and illustration.

On Dit Magazine: Volume 78, Issue 1  

On Dit Magazine is a fortnightly Australian student magazine with an emphasis on exceptional writing, photography, and illustration.