Capital Landscapes: The Genius of Light, L’Enfant and the Griffins

The plans of Washington DC (Pierre Charles L’Enfant), the District of Adelaide (William Light) and Canberra (Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin) are works of genius – cities in the landscape. Explore the maps and other historical evidence demonstrating Light’s Adelaide, planned in early 1837, is the greater achievement.

Comparison of the designers’ works highlights many roles in which Light was employed, and greater difficulty of his tasks of exploration, discovery, and preparation of the first maps for the District of Adelaide, unlike Washington DC and Canberra whose localities had already been mapped and occupied prior to planning of those capitals.

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Event Details

Venue information

  • Bookings required

  • Wheelchair access

Event type

Talk/School program

Dates and times

Sat 5 May, 12.45pm (approx. 45 mins)

Venue or tour starting point *

Adelaide South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt St, Adelaide




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K Henderson
0432 989 676
khenderson002 [at]

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On-street parking on Sturt Street, please note Council parking signage.