"The building is integral to the fabric of Fremantle and a vital part of the port city's history, so we wanted to do our very best to restore and re-purpose this amazing location to bring it back to life," he said. "We've included nods to people with a connection to the premises, including large portraits of past judges, criminals' stories and details of people behind the original building."
"While the courthouse retains its majestic scale, the addition of a pavilion provides a more casual atmosphere and is designed to be as transparent as possible to complement the beauty of the original building." Bill Coe, Slavin Architects' director-manager for the project, added: "It's a privilege to be involved in re-introducing this iconic Fremantle venue to the West Australian public, 20 years after it last functioned as a courthouse."
"An old holding cell has the history of a few criminals held in the room or tried in court, as well as a line-up style wall with height charts. We've created a few fun signs to hold up, similar to when a person holds their name in a mugshot, as part of creating a playful interactive area people can really engage in."
"We also have items such as grass-fed beef with pickled garlic, marinated Fremantle sardines and spiced chickpea fritters on our extensive menu – the philosophy is to promote the sharing of meals and good times. In terms of beverages, we have 99 wines, 18 gins and 18 whiskies, which is a nod to the building's original 1899 construction date, with 20 wines are available by the glass. And coming in February we'll also have our own Old Courthouse lager, ready to pour."
"There is also a love seat in the garden area for happy couples. A tree that had died was going to be removed but we decided to keep it and make it part of the Blue Tree Project, a mental health charity we've chosen to support."