An almost continuous row of single-storey brick and iron houses of various styles in Northbridge’s Aberdeen Street have been permanently listed in the State Government’s Register of Heritage Places.
Environment and Heritage Minister Judy Edwards said registration would provide recognition and permanent statutory protection to the Aberdeen Street Precinct.
“The Aberdeen Street Precinct is a rare example of a considerably intact streetscape of the late 19th and early 20th century that is within close proximity to the centre of Perth,” Dr Edwards said.
“It includes a mix of residential and commercial buildings located from 154 to 188 Aberdeen Street and provides a recognised streetscape vista to the north of Russell Square in Northbridge.
“The buildings contribute to the historic character of the area and reflect the diversity of cultural changes over the course of a century.
“The precinct is also highly valued by the local community for its association with the history of Northbridge.”
Dr Edwards said the precinct contained important individual places such as 156 Aberdeen Street, which was built in 1883 by Richard Sholl, who went on to become the Post Master General for Western Australia.
“Richard Sholl owned much of the land at the eastern end of the precinct and built the first of the buildings, ‘Lancewood’, on the corner of Aberdeen and Palmerston streets,” she said.
“The building at 162 Aberdeen Street is also of particular interest for its association with the Torre family who used it as a boarding house for newly arrived migrants in the post-war years.
“From 1961, the house was used by the Catholic Order, the Daughters of Saint Vincent de Paul, who worked with homeless people.
The Minister said the latest precinct listing reflected the State Government’s serious commitment to protect Western Australia’s unique environment, both natural and built, for future generations.
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