Featured business - Otto and Co. Timbers.
A great Australian story, and one that is deeply embedded in Magill Road's history is Otto and Co. Timbers.
Georg Bernard Otto, known as Ben, built a hardware store at 139 Magill Road and a timber mill behind. These were to service his house building business, which, at its peak, built 50 houses a year in Adelaide and regional South Australia.
A great Aussie battler, during the Depression, Ben provided building materials to farmers in exchange for mallee roots to sell as firewood in the city.
The heritage listed shops on Magill Road between Nelson St and Bennett St were built by Ben and atop number 139 you can still see his sign, sporting South Australia's first 'neon' bling.
Ben and his son Max also spent many years on the St Peters Council, both as councillors and Mayor. Some credit them from taking a dilapidated St Peters to its current status as one of the most salubrious residential locations in Adelaide.
At the old St Peters Council buildings, one can still find a pair of ornate chairs Max built from Australian Red Cedar trees grown in Stepney.
Today, Ben's grandson Ken and his wife Anne run Otto Timbers in the original, yet much expanded premises, and the love affair for timber lives on.
Any type of specialist timber can be found at Otto Timbers from right across the world. They now specialise in one off special jobs such as matching Victorian, Deco and federation style mouldings where no one else can, building, amongst other things, specialist staircases, door and window mouldings and fancy cornices. They even supply specialist timbers for making instruments.