- A rare opportunity to buy a unique piece of WA convict history
- Show cottage reveals residential potential or commercial uses
The first project completed under the Liberal National Government's heritage revolving fund is ready for market, with the historic convict-built Warders' Cottages in the heart of Fremantle restored and ready for sale.
Premier Colin Barnett said he was proud to see the $4 million revolving fund program Heritage Works delivering such outstanding results.
"In 2013, the Liberal National Government committed to establish a revolving fund to reactivate disused and under-used publicly owned heritage buildings to ensure they have a viable future," Mr Barnett said.
"It's very rewarding to see this commitment delivering through the transformation of these historic cottages, which will not only ensure they are protected into the future, but will help revive the heart of Fremantle."
Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the Warders' Cottages should be used for several purposes as long as the use respected the buildings' heritage values.
"Clearly, they are suitable to be returned to residential use. However, they can also be sensitively adapted into offices or small commercial premises," Mr Jacob said.
"This is a rare opportunity to buy into a unique property and become a custodian of a piece of Western Australia's convict history. I am confident the market will respond positively."
A large part of the conservation work involved the removal of paint from the external limestone walls, allowing the stone to breathe and dry out. The structural integrity of the cottages has been restored through the overhaul of onsite drainage and the replacement of important joinery, door and window frames.
There are 15 cottages for sale in three terraces. The Coogee Hotel and Post Office is the other heritage-listed building to be restored under Heritage Works.
- WA's heritage revolving fund is the first Government-operated fund of its kind in Australia
- Constructed between 1851 and 1858, the Warders' Cottages were built by convicts to house Fremantle Prison warders and their families
- Offers for the cottages can be made until December 9, 2016 via Expressions of Interest through selling agent Colliers International
- For more information, visit http://www.colliers.com.au or http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5800