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Tarantella Night Club (fmr)


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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5 Mouat St Fremantle

Location Details

Other Name(s)

fmr German Consulate, fmr shipping office
Norddeutscher-Lloyd Building

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1903

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007
State Register Permanent 08 Oct 1996 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Survey of 20th Ctry Architecture Completed 01 Mar 1988

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 01 Apr 1974

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1A

Level 1A

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the Heritage Council for approval.

Statement of Significance

The former Tarantella Night Club, a three storey stone building in Fremantle’s West End, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:

the place, with its strong vertical form, deep recesses, rich masonry textures, and medieval motifs, is a fine idiosyncratic example of the Federation Romanesque style;

designed to accommodate a combination of mercantile offices, residence, and warehouse, later used as a night club and, more recently adapted to commercial and residential uses, the place demonstrates the evolution of the commercial centre of Fremantle;

the place is closely associated with the Imperial German Consul prior to World War One, with gables of his activities now part of Fremantle folklore; and,

with its long associates with Fremantle’s mercantile activities and nightlife the place contributes to the identity of Fremantle.

Extracted from HCWA's Assessment Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places.

Physical Description

Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.

The former Tarantella Night Club (fmr), 5 Mouat Street is a three storey commercial and residential building constructed in 1903. The building displays a similar scale to the buildings in the street, however the Federation Romanesque details gives the building a highly individual character with a more vertical emphasis than the neighbouring Federation Free Classical buildings.

The facade is constructed from rock faced limestone with contrasting stone details of bluestone columns and plinths. There are decorative string courses defining the floor levels and the building is entered through an arched opening supported by two bluestone columns with bowl capitals. It has a steep gabled roof which has been topped with an elaborately decorated square turret that has a steep pyramidal roof. The side and rear external brick walls are constructed in English bond brickwork.


Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.

A Heritage Assessment was prepared in Sept 2009 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for restoration and repairs to the external façade of the building.


Medium degree of integrity (original intent partially clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
High degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
3594 Conservation Plan for Tarantella Offices and Studio Units No 5 Lot 28 Mouat Street, Fremantle Western Australia Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1998
7467 Fremantle : beyond the Round House. Book 2005
9789 Tarantella offices & short stay, 5 Mouat St Fremantle. Conservation works report 2011

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Other
Present Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Flats\Apartment Block
Other Use RESIDENTIAL Multistorey residence
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg

Architectural Styles

Federation Romanesque

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Wall STONE Local Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES World Wars & other wars

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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