The exterior view of Ruthven Mansions

Ruthven Mansions

Ruthven Mansions is historically and architecturally significant because when first built, it represented a benchmark in luxury accommodation in Australia.

The Mansions were fitted with all the 'mod cons' of the time —central vacuum cleaning, automated doors, mechanical ventilation, electric lights and electric lifts— and were among the earliest of Australia's multi-storey apartments.

The apartments were first built in two stages (1911–1912 and circa 1914) and later sold to the state government in 1954, rapidly falling into disrepair.

By 1976, the buildings had lost their distinctive balconettes, the interior had been declared unsafe and the chest clinic that occupied the ground floor had relocated to a new premises.

After lengthy negotiations in the late 1970s, the buildings were saved from demolition and renovated internally and partially externally to resemble their original form.

These days, Ruthven Mansions is more commonly known as 'La Loft Apartments – Mansions on Pulteney', providing stylish hotel-quality serviced accommodation ideal for overseas, interstate or out-of-town guests upstairs, and a shopping arcade with food and retail outlets on the ground floor.

From veteran entertainers who know how to draw a crowd to up-and-comers looking for their big break, you can expect world-class performances without the entrance fee every day in Rundle Mall.

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This small group walk allows those with a curious nature to step into the shoes of a local, showing intimate locations around the main part of Adelaide's city centre.

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Parliament House is open to the public and gives visitors the chance to explore one of the city's most impressive buildings while learning about the political past, present and future of the region and Australia.

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The South Australian National War Memorial and South Australian Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen Memorial is located on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace.

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