Five heritage listed buildings in Perth have been revitalized with architecture features repurposed and reinstated to serve Western Australians.
The five buildings which are located at the New Museum site including the ex-Perth Gaol (1855-56), the Jubilee Building (built in 1899), Geologist Building (built in 1902), Beaufort Street Building (built in 1908), and Hackett Hall (built 1913).
The State Government claimed that 3,300 jobs are created by the project, which includes specialist heritage contractors.
Heritage works including the cleaning and restoration of building interiors to highlight the attractive architectural features, they also have been re-roofed reflecting original designs.
From Jubilee Building’s elegant terrace, colonade’s grand archways and granite stone steps were restored to prepare the Museum’s opening in November 2020.
During the announcement today, the Minister Culture and Arts David Templeman says revitalizing heritage helps to tell the state’s history.
“The New Museum shares stories about this State’s past, present and future, not just through its many wonderful exhibitions but through the very fabric of its buildings,” he said.
“Revitalising the important heritage-listed buildings on site brings to life the shared stories of the formation of the Swan River Colony and foundation of Perth, including our early judicial and penal systems, the establishment of our State’s important cultural institutions, and how the development of the colony impacted the traditional owners of the land.”
“The materials and finishes used on the New Museum are stunning, reflecting the landscape, colours and history of our State.”
“The contemporary building reinterprets and complements the heritage buildings – where there is a mix of stone and brick on the heritage buildings, the new building responds with glass and metal. This is an ingenious, thoughtful and impressive architectural statement for our State and city.”