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TOWNHALL BACK ON TIME

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2017

 

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The Fremantle Townhall clock is back running on time!

It turned out that a film crew damaged essential parts of the clock so the poor clockmaker had to do repairs just a few days after the clock had been restarted on Friday.

Roel Loopers

FREO HEIRLOOM WINS STATE HERITAGE AWARD

Posted in development, fremantle, heirloom by match, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2017

 

The Fremantle HEIRLOOM by MATCH residential development at Queen Victoria Street has won two categories in last night’s annual WA Heritage Council awards for adaptive reuse of a heritage building.

It won the Gerry Gauntlett award for excellence in conservation and also the adaptive reuse award

MATCH converted the former Dalgety Woolstores building, that was built in 1923. into 183 residential units.

The judges said that the building was a testament to the dedication and financial commitment of MATCH and they had used innovative solutions.

The Heirloom development was financially supported by Sirona Capital, which will start the Kings Square Project in the next few weeks, helping to rebuild the Fremantle economy.

Hillcrest in North Fremantle received a commendation for the conservation work done on it.

Roel Loopers

ARTHUR GRADY MOTORBIKES TOMORROW!

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2017

One of the most popular events of the Fremantle Heritage Festival is the ARTHUR GRADY DAY with a display of many vintage motorbikes, bicycles, machinery, etc.

It is on TOMORROW Saturday May 27 and not as printed in the festival program on June 27!! 

It is held outside the Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay and starts at 11 am and runs all day.

Roel Lopers

FREO TOWNHALL FLAG RAISED AFTER LONG ABSENCE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2017

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For the first time in ten years the Australian national flag was raised above the Fremantle Townhall at noon today, and the repaired bells were ringing.

A big mob of people turned up for the official unveiling of the Townhall conservation works and were very impressed with the brilliant outcome.

New WA Minister and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk was present, as was Federal Labor MP for Fremantle Josh Wilson.

City of Fremantle heritage architect Alan Kelsall was clearly relieved and delighted that the effort by a large team of people had all been worth all the hard work.

Roel Loopers

POTTER’S HERITAGE DRAWINGS ON SHOW

Posted in art, fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2017

 

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Fremantle artist Ross Potter will be showing his detailed graphite drawings at his ART IN FREO gallery at J Shed on Bathers Beach. It opens this evening Friday May 26 at 5 pm.

The Free Antiques Campaign, Potter’s first solo exhibition in Fremantle 2012, featured graphite drawings of Fremantle’s structural heritage. The works, created in HB pencil, focused on the heritage buildings in Fremantle that are restored and well used.

Potter has a small number of these works available and is offering them to the public via a Silent Auction at his gallery studio in the heritage listed J Shed.

Available works include the Cliff St facades, aspects of High Street buildings and the abandoned Coogee Powerstation.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL CONNECTS US TO THE PAST

Posted in city of fremantle, conversation, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2017

 

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The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts today with the unveiling of the sublime conservation work of the Townhall at 11.30 am. All are welcome and a historic group photo will be taken, so come along!

In the 32 years I have been in the west I have never seen the Townhall look so splendid. It is now an eye-catching icon for visitors and locals to enjoy.

When in two years the Kings Square development has been finished our city square will be a modern showcase that embraces the beautiful Townhall.

The Heritage Festival program is extensive so get a printed copy at the library or Roundhouse, or check it on the City’s website and Facebook.

Great historic Freo photos at the relaunch of Old Fremantle, a book by Fremantle Society President John Dowson. They are on display at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach. Don’t miss it! Perfect coffee table book and good presents for all who love Fremantle and history.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME HERITAGE FESTIVAL EVENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017

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The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts tomorrow, so make sure to get a program at the City of Fremantle Library or check it out on line.

Notre Dame University has several events during the festival as listed on the poster above.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME REDESIGN NURSING SCHOOL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond announced at a small community meeting about the proposed five-storey new Nursing School building in High Street that UNDA will not try to seek approval from the WA Development Assessment Panel, but will redesign the building instead.

The proposal was strongly criticised by the Fremantle community and West End residents and rejected by Fremantle Council because the design quality and height were deemed inappropriate for and disrespectful to the historic West End. The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce approved of the building.

The Vice Chancellor emphasised that Notre Dame is part of the West End and the Freo community and she did not want to put a building up that the community rejected.

From the first day I heard Celia Hammond speak during a Leaders Luncheon at the Esplanade Hotel years ago I have been impressed with her and how genuine she is. She has again shown very strong leadership on a contentious issue and she and UNDA deserve to be congratulated for it.

The small community round table talk was organised by TGP who have been contracted by UNDA to independently assess the pros and cons of the new School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Members of the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association were present, as were the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, the president of the Fremantle Society, architect Murray Slavin and myself.

Roel Loopers

FREO ROUNDHOUSE ENLIGHTENMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2017

After some grumpy looks and words from Arthur Head and Freo’s View toward the Fremantle Townhall there has been a bit of action regarding putting power into the historic Roundhouse, so that the volunteer guides can get started on their plans for a big $ 200,000 new displays project.

City staff and electricians came to WA’s oldest public building today to check it out and see what can be done and according to them it should not be a big deal to supply the old goal with power needed for the displays.

Now hoping Council and administration will make it a priority as Lotterywest funding takes a while to get approved. Stay tuned!

Last year 145,000 visitors walked through the door of the Roundhouse, so a significant contribution to tourism in Fremantle and W.A.

Any corporate sponsors out there to help fast track getting the displays up?

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE CONSERVATION WORK GOING TO PLAN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2017

 

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Freo’s View reader Kel sent me some photos and complained about the condition of the historic Fremantle Unions Stores building on the corner of High and Henry streets, saying he feared the conservation work the City had conducted was not done properly and the same deterioration might happen to the Townhall.

I asked the Heritage Department of CoF for a detailed response and received this reassuring explanation:

UNION STORES
Since 2012 there has been an ongoing programme of works to conserve the Union Stores, to address various compliance issues and to upgrade services.
– 2013 – A safe roof access system was installed to allow for regular maintenance of the roof, gutters and air conditioning and also for undertaking conservation works in the following year.
– 2014 – Urgent structural repairs carried out to the parapets and gables. Parapets and gables conserved along with the deteriorated projecting flat surfaces of window sills, cornices and parapet copings. Street verandahs (reconstructed 1987) repaired and strengthened.
– 2015 – Electrical distribution board and fire systems upgraded and the rear verandah (1987) repaired and strengthened.
– 2016 – Ventilation of the basement improved to reduce damp and humidity to protect ground floor timbers and reduce problems with rising damp.

These works are part of the orderly process for the conservation and care of the City’s portfolio of heritage assets. The intention is to address building conservation in a manner that considers levels of urgency, economies of scale, correct sequence and good conservation practice. Many of these items of work will not be conspicuous but are vital to the conservation and long-term sustainability of these important heritage buildings for present and future generations.

Future works are planned to continue the conservation of the building facades once the moisture has evaporated from the walls and the damaging salts have migrated to the surface.

2014 Urgent Conservation Works
During 2012 and 2013 the poor condition of the rear of the parapets of the Union Stores was discovered and remedial works were planned for 2014. These parapets had become unstable due to the deterioration of the soft clay bricks – deterioration that had been exacerbated by well-meaning but inappropriate repairs in the 1980s as well as the painting of the building facades from the 1960s onwards.

Like the Fremantle Town Hall, damaging salts and moisture had seeped into the walls through hairline cracks and were trapped in the walls by cement render and plastic paints. The entrapped salts and moisture led to the deterioration of the soft clay bricks and lime mortar of the wall itself and caused embedded iron pins in decorative mouldings and structural bolts and plates to rust and expand causing cracking in the walls. To address this problem the paint and cement renders were removed to allow the walls to breathe and new repairs made use of breathable lime mortars, hydraulic lime renders and lime wash finishes.

However, the construction and condition of the Unions Stores was different to the Town Hall and required a different approach for its conservation. Removing the paint from the parapets was more difficult because the stucco surface was softer and in poorer condition. Also the early use of calcimine paint and lime wash on the building meant that although the walls could breathe well, not all of the pigment could be successfully removed.

The biggest difference however, was the volume of salt escaping from the walls. Almost immediately after the removal of paint and cement render from the parapets of the union stores large amounts of salt began to crystallise on the surface of the parapets. Within the same timeframe there was only a small amount of discolouration from salt at the Fremantle Town Hall. While the appearance of salt on the surface is good because it shows that the walls are healing themselves, when there is a large amount of salt it needs to be managed to minimise damage to the surface of the stucco. For this reason a sacrificial coating of lime wash was applied to the surface of the conserved areas so that the salt would crystallise on the lime wash causing it to decay rather than the stucco. The building was then left to gradually dry out expel the salts before any further works were undertaken.

Now in 2017 the salt crystals and some of the decayed lime wash has been washed off the Union Stores leaving the parapets looking somewhat patchy but in much better physical condition. This means that when further conservation works are undertaken in the future they will not be affected by salt damage.

We expect that the Fremantle Town Hall will suffer some deterioration from escaping salts as the walls breathe again but it will not be as significant as the Union Stores. Also, because the removal of paint from the stucco at the town hall was more successful, when there is some deterioration it will be less obvious as it will be the same colour as the surrounding stucco.

The Fremantle Townhall will officially be unveiled on Friday May 26 at 11.30 am at the start of the Heritage Festival. It looks absolutely stunning!

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