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Glenara

Location:
32 South Esplanade, Glenelg South SA, Australia

Glenara is one of Glenelg’s stately treasures. Built in 1873 for William Hill, the property was owned by his descendants until 1990.

Glenara estate

Location

A fine example of Italianate architecture, it has an imposing central, flag topped tower that accentuates its castle-like appearance. It was designed by architect Thomas English, as a 6-room house. Two front rooms, the tower, a widow’s walk (as seen in the photograph but since removed), and a conservatory were added at a later date. A widow’s walk is a railed rooftop with a good vantage point of the sea, popular in 19th-century coastal houses. The name is said to come from the wives of mariners, who would watch for their spouses’ return, often in vain.

Glenara Gardens

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