A turn of the century building in Perth has undergone substantial refurbishment, following a City of Perth Heritage Grant to carry out restoration work.
Built in 1910, number 7 Queen Street is a Federation Warehouse style of architecture, which reflects the expansion and development of commerce and trade in the early years of the twentieth century.
Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the charming building is of significant historical value to Perth.
“It is now one of the most recognisable small buildings in the city and it’s important to ensure the historical tapestry of Perth is preserved,” Chair Commissioner Lumsden said.
“The end result is a positive contribution to the streetscape in an area that has evolved as a result of the redevelopment of Raine Square and Perth City Link.”
Architect Fred Chaney said the grant of $90,000 formed only a small part of the $1.5 million restoration but ensured the building’s original brick exterior and tuck-pointing was kept, as well as enhancing the property’s accessibility for people with disabilities.
“Without access to grants of this nature, some of the historical aesthetics of the building would not have restored,” Mr Chaney said.
“The building was constructed during a period of economic affluence that followed the state’s gold boom and to incorporate its original character as part of the restoration is a fantastic outcome.”
7 Queen Street was one of the first buildings to benefit from the amended Heritage Grant Program last year which included increasing the grant from $40,000 to $90,000, and the City accepting applications year-round, rather than during identified funding rounds at specific times of the year.