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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
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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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