Wellington Street Architecture

Wellington Street, Perth is located in the city's Central Business District. The street was named after the Duke of Wellington, who was the Lord of Treasury during the foundation of Perth. The Wellington Street architecture reflects the changing times of Perth.

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No 169

Wellington Street Architecture, 169, Wellington Street, Perth, Western Australia

WA Country Health Service Building - No 189

Wellington Street Architecture, WA Country Health Service Building, Perth, Western Australia


Royal Perth Hospital

Wellington Street Architecture, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia

Red Cross Blood Donor Building - No 290


Red Cross Blood Donor Building, Wellington Street

Not a particular exciting building the five storey centre was built between 1953-1954 and features aluminium glazed curtain walls with concrete frame and floors.

St John's Ambulance Building - No 300

Wellington Street Architecture, St John's Ambulance, Perth, Western Australia

This Inter-war Art Deco building was constructed in 1940, as the headquarters for the St John Ambulance Association and Brigade. The three storey building was officially opened on 10 June 1940. On the 17th March, 2006, the building was reopened as the new 240 - bed Perth City Hostel (YHA) becoming the largest hostel in Perth.

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Perth Railway Station


Wellington Street Architecture, Perth Railway Station, Perth, Western Australia

The Perth Railway Station was constructed between 1881-1897 as part the establishment of the Fremantle to Guildford railway line. The Station was designed by George Temple Poole one of the colony's most renowned architects. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 by Lady Robinson, wife of the Governor. The central section of the railway was completed in 1894, followed by the west wing in 1896 and finally the east wing, in 1897. In those days the station was known a the Metropolitan Railway Station. In 1904 the Horseshoe bridge added the finishing touches to Poole's design. A grander five storey design was planned but never eventuated. The building is constructed of red brick with stucco decoration. The railway station didn't go completely without controversy. Built in the centre of an area that was planned as a boulevard that would extend from Forrest Place to Northbridge, many wanted the station demolished and sunk into a cutting.

Commercial Building

Wellington Street Architecture, Commercial Building, Perth, Western Australia

Levi Baird's Building - No 491-493


Wellington Street Architecture, Levi Baird's Building, Perth, Western Australia

One of my favourite buildings in Perth, it always brings a smile to my face when I see it from the horseshoe Bridge, wedged between the old Globe Hotel and the modern commercial building, trying to shoulder for more room. The Federation Free Style building was constructed in 1921 and originally formed part of the Baird Arcade that went from Wellington to Murray Street.

Globe Hotel - No 495-497


Wellington Street Architecture, Globe Hotel, Perth, Western Australia

The four storey Globe Hotel was built in , in Federation Free Style. Today it accommodates backpackers.

Wellington Buildings - No 509-515


Wellington Street Architecture, Wellington Buildings, Perth, Western Australia

The three storey Wellington Buildings (also known as Higham's Building) is located on the corner of Wellington Street and William Street. I have been watching this building carefully during the State's Government underground railway project, half expecting to see it disappear into a sink-hole or disintegrate due to all the underground commotion. Fortunately the building is still standing strong. An interesting note ,when the station is completed, this 250 tonne building will be sitting on top of the station's roof!. Built in 1910, in Neo Classical style by architect R.J Deunchy,it features battlement parapet, triangular pediment and prominent classical cornice.

Royal Hotel - No 531

Wellington Street Architecture, Royal Hotel, Perth, Western Australia

Westfarmer / Sargood Building - No 569


Wellington Street Architecture, Westfarmers Building Perth, Western Australia

Built in 1897, by architects Talbott and Hobbs, this Free Classical Style warehouse was originally built for Sargood Importers and Merchants. It has had quite a colourful history firstly it was to become the Westfarmers building and then later the home of Perth's first radio station 6WF.

Wills House - No 573


Wellington Street Architecture, Wills House, Perth, Western Australia

A fine example of Inter-War Chicagoesque the Wills House was constructed in 1924.

Tranby Building - No 577

Wellington Street Architecture, Tranby Building, Perth, Western Australia

Located on the corner of Wellington Street and King Street the Tranby building was built in 1906, by architect Summerhayes. This two storey, Federation style building was once offices and warehouses for W.J.Cotton who was a produce merchant. It features rendered facade, quoining pediments and battlement parapets.

Railways Institute Building - 591-605

Wellington Street Architecture, Railways Institute Building, Perth, Western Australia

Known today as the Department of Housing and Works, this building was originally the Railways Institute Building. Constructed in 1897 in Victorian Romanesque Revival style, it features arcaded red brickwork and stucco detailing. The building was designed by chief architect, Hilson Beasely.

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