24/10/2007 - 12:59

Criterion, London Court share in Heritage Council grants

24/10/2007 - 12:59

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London Court and the Criterion Hotel will be among the 32 places to share in this year's Heritage Council grants program, allocating $1 million, Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts has announced.

London Court and the Criterion Hotel will be among the 32 places to share in this year's Heritage Council grants program, allocating $1 million, Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts has announced.

 

 

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Western Australian landmark London Court is one of 32 places to share in this year's $1million Heritage Council grants program.

Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts today announced that London Court would receive $80,000 for structural works.

"London Court is without a doubt one of the most photographed buildings in Perth. It is well loved by locals and visitors alike," Mrs Roberts said.

"The grant will help make sure the clock tower, its four knights and the unique shops can be enjoyed for many years to come."

The Minister said the nearby Criterion Hotel would receive $39,000 to assist with works to the roof and ceilings.

"I congratulate and thank the owners for all they are doing to help conserve these important places. It is my pleasure to be able to support their efforts through the annual Heritage Grants Program," she said.

"By chance, both buildings are celebrating their 70th birthday this year. While they may be the same age, they are completely different in architectural style and have vastly different stories to tell.

"They exemplify the diversity of Perth's cultural heritage.

"The idea of London Court, was conceived by miner and entrepreneur Claude de Bernales, a figure who features prominently in WA's history. Its unusual British mock Tudor architecture provided 'a piece of the Old Home land' in Perth.

"The Criterion Hotel site has been licensed since 1848. The rebuilding of the hotel in the Art Deco style in 1936, as the State recovered from the Great Depression, was a show of faith by the Swan Brewery that the city would continue to grow and prosper."

Mrs Roberts said both buildings were included on the State Register of Heritage Places.

"The State Register celebrates heritage places that are important to all Western Australians," she said.

"It is through our heritage places, that WA's story of who we are and how we got here can be told.

"Our heritage shapes our identity and, through the conservation of important places, will continue to do so in the future."

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