26th March 2018
The restoration of the Fremantle Town Hall has won a major award by winning the Conservation of a State Registered Place category at the 2018 State Heritage Awards!
The town hall is the centrepiece in the renewal of Kings Square.
Here's the judges citation - well done to all involved!
The external conservation of Fremantle Town Hall is a comprehensive response to a gradually deteriorating 130-year-old building.
This exemplar project distinguishes itself by its consistent adherence to Burra Charter best practice processes, thorough research, innovative technical solutions, and painstaking attention to detail in the execution.
Supported by a strong team of heritage professionals and skilled heritage tradespeople, the restoration of Fremantle Town Hall has been highly symbolic in the move to rejuvenate Kings Square by conserving and enhancing the history and unique character of Fremantle.
The $3.1 million restoration of Fremantle’s beloved 130-year-old Town Hall was the largest conservation project ever undertaken by the City of Fremantle.
Completed in May this year, the project protected the town hall for the enjoyment of this and future generations and also created a window into the past by reinstating its original appearance by removing paint from the stucco walls, reconstructing the slate roofs and refurbishing the historic clock.
These works were carried out by a team of specialist consultants and skilled contractors with a rare knowledge in the use of traditional building techniques, materials and conservation practice.