Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    State heritage listing for City Beach church

    28/04/2011 12:00 AM

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli has announced State heritage listing for City Beach’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church.


    Mr Castrilli said the church was a striking landmark, showcasing contemporary 1970s’ architecture.


    “Holy Spirit Catholic Church highlights an important period in history, where the use of architecture was in harmony with the changing liturgical practices of the Catholic Church,” he said.


    “The building consists of dramatic, sweeping curved brick walls, and an open interior with no barriers at the sanctuary area, encouraging greater interaction between the congregation and priest.”


    The Holy Spirit Catholic Church was designed by prominent WA architectural firm Forbes & Fitzhardinge and still contains many of the original fittings and furnishings, including finely designed artwork.


    “The church is a legacy to Fr Thomas Phelan, who founded the parish more than 50 years ago and was the driving force behind the building of the church until his death in 2007,” Mr Castrilli said.


    The Minister said the building joined the State Register alongside other significant 1970s’ northern suburbs buildings, such as the Scarborough Beach clock tower and Marsala House, which recently won a WA Heritage award.


    “The registration reinforces the diversity of places on the State Register of Heritage Places and the importance and value of the State’s contemporary heritage places,” he said.


    The State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.


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