Last Friday night my husband and I watched a Rom Com called The Ageing of Adeline. At one point the love interest invites her for a lunch date “to a place in the city you have never been before”.
Open House Perth this past weekend was a bit like that for me. My Mum and I spent two lovely days walking around the city discovering unknown treasures, exploring exquisite restorations with complementary modern additions, along with some buildings yet to find their purpose in this new century. Some venues were a wander of discovery, others include a free guided tour. Open House Perth ticked all the boxes for me – Architecture, Design, History and being a sticky beak!
Bishop See Gardens (built 1859) 78 Mounts Bay Road
London House – St Georges TerraceTextile Designer, Megan Salmon’s Cow at the front of Cloisters
Cloisters (1858), St Georges Terrace. Not part of the Open House event, but had to take a few photos of the brickwork of this stunning Tudor Victorian Style building as we walked by…P & O Building 56 William St. This beautiful Art Deco building was built in 1929 as the WA office of the Orient Steam Navigation Company.State Buildings cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack st.The State Theatre Centre of WA (2011)Robert Muir Old and Rare Books recently moved to the two story heritage listed stables (1913) in Lindsay St.
Mum checking out a 1925 copy of Anne of Green GablesNorth Perth Bungalow – Lawler St, North Perth 1937 Art Deco bungalow with modern extension.Woods Bagot – The Palace Hotel (1897) cnr William st & St George Terrace, newly renovated offices of Woods Bagot Architects. Perth Technical School 1910. Stunning Art Nouveau lead light windows.Old Perth Boy’s School (1852) – Curtin University, 139 St Georges Terrace. The oldest stone building in the Perth Central business district.West Australian Ballet Centre – The WA Institute for the Blind (1937) Whatley Crescent, Maylands. As you can see, I loved the Wardrobe Dept. and spent some time on the backstage tour talking to one of the costume makers.Shoe StoreroomWhipper Snapper Distillery. Kensington St, East Perth. Perth’s first urban whiskey distillery. The boys enjoyed a tasting.