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Over 40 new destinations open their doors for the first time
The first Open House Perth was in 2012, when the idea was new and no one was really sure how successful it was going to be.
As it turned out it was a huge success with large numbers looking at Perth's built heritage in a new and fresh way. Each successive year the event has got bigger and more and more of the fine buildings in Perth have entered this innovative initiative.
2016's Open House Perth will be by far the biggest, with close to a hundred edifices opening their doors to exploration, many for the first time.
The event runs over the weekend of the 12th and 13th November and is free.
Creative Director of Open House Perth Carly Barrett says this year's program will celebrate our city's history and future: "Perth is fast becoming one of the most interesting and vibrant cities in the world and Open House Perth gives people a unique opportunity to explore the city and get behind the scenes of some of WA's best architecture and design spaces. Open House Perth has something for everyone to see and do."
The White House and Architects Studio (Photograph courtesy of Open House Perth)
For example, the White House and Architects Studio which involved turning a rundown 1930's house into a family home and studio office. "The home, now nearly completed, has been a slow labour of love – combining the beautiful contrast of the old character charm and the contemporary style of the new spaces basking in the stunning backdrop of the 105-year-old John Street pines.
Station Master's House and Goods Shed (Photograph courtesy of Open House Perth)
There are some historical buildings such as the Station Master's House and The Goods Shed, built in the mid-1880s. Part of Claremont Station's original infrastructure, cultural organisation FORM, showcases them as their HQ.
The Bell Tower (Photograph courtesy of Open House Perth)
Even landmarks are included, such as the Bell Tower opened in December 2000, a purpose built 82.5m high copper and
glass campanile designed to house the twelve bells donated from St Martin-in-the-Fields church, London. The bells are dated pre-fourteenth century. Designed in response to its waterside location, the Bell Tower has become an icon for the city of
Bishop's See Gardens (Photograph courtesy of Open House Perth)
Outdoors is not neglected with the opening of the gardens of the Bishop's House gardens of the See of Perth.
If you value our built heritage, fine architecture or just want to have a sticky-beak around Perth, do have a look at the Perth Open House 2016 website here and see what's open when.