Wellington Street ArchitectureWellington 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.
WA Country Health Service Building - No 189
Royal Perth Hospital
Red Cross Blood Donor Building - No 290
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
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
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Perth Railway Station
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.
Levi Baird's Building - No 491-493
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
The four storey Globe Hotel was built in , in Federation Free Style. Today it accommodates
Wellington Buildings - No 509-515
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
Royal Hotel - No 531
Westfarmer / Sargood Building - No 569
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
A fine example of Inter-War Chicagoesque the Wills House was constructed in 1924.
Tranby Building - No 577
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
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.