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Join Heritage Perth on a walk through the past to today
For almost 20 years, Perth's historic Old Treasury Building on the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace sat empty and ignored. Around the corner on Hay Street, the City of Perth Library operated from a makeshift space in a basement. Now after years of work, the beautifully restored buildings and a sparkling new purpose-built library form part of Cathedral Square. On 26 April, Heritage Perth is hosting two free guided walks to introduce this wonderful new public space.
The Revitalised Cathedral Square (image courtesy Heritage Perth)
Rediscovering Cathedral Square is part of the annual Heritage Walk & Talk Program. This popular series aims to reacquaint people with the history and traditions of Perth. In keeping with this goal, Cathedral Square offers the perfect blend of old and new in a way that demonstrates the value of conservation and sensitive development.
The Old Treasury Building c. 1900 - 1910
Now known as the State Buildings, the Old Treasury Building also served as the General Post Office, the Lands Department and the Titles Office. This beautifully restored building is open to the public and home to a number of restaurants, boutique shops and a six-star hotel.
The tour will also visit the Old Deanery, St Georges Cathedral, St Andrews Church and Burt Memorial Hall. All have an interesting history and are still in use today. After the tour the new City of Perth Library is open for those who want to explore this wonderful 21st century space.
image courtesy Heritage Perth
Rediscover Cathedral Square Tuesday 26 April Walk1: noon Walk 2: 1:30
The walk lasts approximately one hour. Walks are free but bookings are essential. Bookings open 11 April and can be made at the Heritage Perth website.